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Schooling Quality in a Cross Section of Countries

  • Lee, J.-W.
  • Barro, R.J.

We investigate the determinants of educational quality in a newly-constructed 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, such as 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 Harvard - Institute for International Development in its series Papers with number 659.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:harvid:659
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