Do Fiscal and Political Decentralization Raise Studentsâ€™ Performance? A Cross-Country Analysis
AbstractThe low quality of education is a persistent problem in many developed countries. Parallel to in the last decades exists a tendency towards decentralization in many developed and developing countries. Using micro data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) referred to 22 countries, we test whether there exists an impact of fiscal and political decentralization on student performance in the areas of mathematics, reading skills and science. We observe that fiscal decentralization exerts an unequivocal positive effect on studentsâ€™ outcomes in all areas, while the effect of political decentralization is more ambiguous. On the one hand, the capacity of the subnational governments to rule on its region has a positive effect on studentsâ€™ performance in mathematics. On the other hand, the capacity to influence the country as a whole has a negative impact on mathematics achievement. As a general result, we observe that studentsâ€™ performance in Mathematics is more sensible to these exogenous variations than in Sciences and reading skills. Keywords: School outcomes, PISA, fiscal decentralization, political decentralization JEL codes: H11, H77, I21
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Date of creation: 2012
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Programa Internacional de Evaluación de Estudiantes (PISA); Rendiment escolar; Descentralització administrativa; Relacions intergovernamentals; 37 - Educació. Ensenyament. Formació. Temps lliure;
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- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
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