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Educational Inputs and Outcomes Before the Transition from Communism

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  • Beirne, John

    () (Brunel University)

  • Campos, Nauro F

    () (Brunel University)

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Conventional wisdom suggests that the stocks of human capital were one of the few positive legacies from communism. However, if factories under communism were so inefficient, why would the education system not have been? Using the education production function approach and new data on educational inputs and outcomes from 1960 to 1989, we find evidence suggesting that the official human capital stocks figures were “over-estimated” during the communist period. In other words, we find that the official human capital stock numbers are significantly higher than those predicted not only in relation to countries at similar levels of development, but also on the basis of educational systems with comparable features and efficiency levels.

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  • Beirne, John & Campos, Nauro F, 2006. "Educational Inputs and Outcomes Before the Transition from Communism," IZA Discussion Papers 2502, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    human capital; education; transition economies;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects
    • P39 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Other

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