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School Quality, Child Wellbeing and Parents Satisfaction

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  • Olmo Silva

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Researchers in economics of education usually assume that parents choose schools for their high academic performance, with some support from revealed preference evidence based on local house prices. However, anecdotal evidence and common sense suggest that school quality is not one-dimensional and that parents and children are concerned about other school factors related to pupil wellbeing. In this paper we consider whether parental notions of school quality are based on academic standards, and whether these notions are aligned with the wellbeing of the children. To do so, we use direct information on stated perceptions in the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England (LSYPE) matched to UK administrative records on pupil achievements. Our results suggest that test score based measures of school quality tend to dominate parents' perceptions of educational excellence. However, school quality along this dimension is not strongly associated with pupil happiness and enjoyment of the learning environment.

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  • Steve Gibbons & Olmo Silva, 2009. "School Quality, Child Wellbeing and Parents Satisfaction," CEE Discussion Papers 0103, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.
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    School Quality; Wellbeing; Happiness and Satisfaction; Subjective Measures;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General

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