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Education and life satisfaction: perception or reality?

  • Mauricio Cárdenas

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  • Carolina Mejía

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  • Vincenzo Di Maro

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Using data from the Gallup World Poll, this paper analyze the way in which perceptions on thequality of education affect wellbeing. In addition, we explore if educational quality perceptions aredetermined by objective educational outputs, such as international standardized tests scores (i.e. PISAscores) and individual educational attainment. Results indicate that educational quality perceptionsare positively correlated with standardized test scores but negatively correlated with individualeducational attainment. Similarly, favorable perception on the quality of education contributes tohigher individual wellbeing, even after controlling for individual educational attainment and othertraditional determinants of wellbeing

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Paper provided by FEDESARROLLO in its series WORKING PAPERS SERIES. DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO with number 009188.

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Date of creation: 29 May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:col:000123:009188
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