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Public sector decentralization and school performance: International evidence

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  • Falch, Torberg
  • Fischer, Justina AV

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Using a panel of international student test scores 1980 – 2000 (PISA and TIMSS), panel fixed effects estimates suggest that government spending decentralization is conducive to student performance. The effect does not appear to be mediated through levels of educational spending.

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  • Falch, Torberg & Fischer, Justina AV, 2010. "Public sector decentralization and school performance: International evidence," MPRA Paper 20331, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Fiscal decentralization; Student achievement; federalism; PISA; TIMSS; education; school quality;

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    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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