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School Systems and Efficiency and Equity of Education

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  • Jung Hur


    (Department of Economics, National University of Singapore)

  • Kang Changhui


    (Department of Economics, National University of Singapore)

How students should be allocated to schools to achieve educational goals is one of important debates on the construction of school systems. Promoters of comprehensive and selective school systems fail to reach a consensus on implications of each system for efficiency and equity of education. This paper examines impacts of different systems of student allocation on educational goals, using a simple economic model. It argues that how a selective system is designed matters a great deal in a comparison between comprehensive and selective systems: different designs of a selective system can yield widely different educational implications compared with those from a comprehensive system. A judicious use of a selective system can at times achieve educational goals better than a comprehensive system. Given our finding that different households prefer different school systems, we suggest that by offering multiple subsystems, the educational planner can enhance educational attainments of households beyond those achieved by a single national system.

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Paper provided by National University of Singapore, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number wp0701.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 2007
Handle: RePEc:nus:nusewp:wp0701
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