How Far is the East? Educational Performance in Eastern Europe

University of Konstanz Economics Working Paper No. 2011-15

36 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011 Last revised: 4 Feb 2013

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Alina Botezat

Romanian Academy - "Gh. Zane" Institute for Economic and Social Research

Ruben R. Seiberlich

ZHAW School of Management and Law

Date Written: May 22, 2011

Abstract

When the Soviet Union collapsed a transition process started in Eastern Europe. This included a number of reforms to adapt the educational system to the new requirements of the job market. To assess the educational systems in Eastern Europe, this paper takes a look at the gap in PISA test scores between Finland, the best performing country, and seven Eastern European countries, as well as, between Eastern European countries. The methodology applied in this paper is a semiparametric version of the threefold Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition, an approach which is not yet used in the research regarding the differences in school outcomes.

Keywords: PISA, test score gap, decomposition, semiparametric, propensity score matching

JEL Classification: J24, I21, C14

Suggested Citation

Botezat, Alina and Seiberlich, Ruben R., How Far is the East? Educational Performance in Eastern Europe (May 22, 2011). University of Konstanz Economics Working Paper No. 2011-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1849647 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1849647

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