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Schooling Quality in a Cross Section of Countries

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  • Jong-Wha Lee
  • Robert J. Barro

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We investigate the determinants of educational quality in a panel data set that includes" output and input measures for a broad number of countries. The results show that family inputs" and school resources are closely related to school outcomes, as measured by internationally" comparable test scores, repetition rates, and drop-out rates. Family characteristics income and education of parents, have strong effects on student performance. The findings also" indicate that more school resources - especially smaller class sizes but probably also higher" teacher salaries and greater school length - enhance educational outcomes."

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6198.

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Date of creation: Sep 1997
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Publication status: published as Lee, Jong-Wha and Robert J. Barro. "Schooling Quality In A Cross-Section Of Countries," Economica, 2001, v68(271,Nov), 465-488.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6198

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