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Explaining math and science achievement of public school children in the Philippines


  • Stella Luz A. Quimbo

    () (University of the Philippines School of Economics)


This paper presents estimates of an education production function which includes measures of the home learning environment and school inputs recorded at the student level. These are important variables but are often overlooked as a result of data limitations. Results suggest that minimizing teacher absenteeism and effectively providing basic learning materials in schools can improve the math and science achievement of current as well as future generations of students. The home learning environment, including parental education, was found to have a significant effect on student performance.

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  • Stella Luz A. Quimbo, 2003. "Explaining math and science achievement of public school children in the Philippines," Philippine Review of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society, vol. 40(2), pages 59-72, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:40:y:2003:i:2:p:59-72

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    Cited by:

    1. Stella A. Quimbo & Aleli D. Kraft & Joseph J. Capuno, 2008. "Health, Education and the Household : Explaining Poverty Webs," UP School of Economics Discussion Papers 200809, University of the Philippines School of Economics.
    2. Albert, Jose Ramon G. & David, Clarissa C., 2012. "Primary Education: Barriers to Entry and Bottlenecks to Completion," Discussion Papers DP 2012-07, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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    Education production function; Philippines;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy


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