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Schooling Quality in Eastern Europe: Educational Production During Transition

  • Ammermüller, Andreas

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    (Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), Germany)

  • Heijke, Hans

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    (Maastricht University)

  • Woessmann, Ludger

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    (Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

We estimate educational production functions for seven Eastern European transition countries, using student-level TIMSS data for lower secondary education. The results show substantial effects of student background on educational performance and a much lower impact of resources and the institutional setting. Two different groups of countries emerge. For the first group that features high mean test scores and has progressed far in transition, large effects of family background on student performance and a higher spread of test scores illustrate the similarity to Western European schooling systems, the performance of which it surpasses. Schools of the second group produce instead a denser distribution of educational achievement, characteristic of communist societies.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2003
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Publication status: published in: Economics of Education Review, 2005, 24 (5), 579-599
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