Educational Performance Gaps in Eastern Europe

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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: October 2013

Abstract

To assess the educational performance gaps in Eastern Europe, this article takes a look at the differences in PISA test scores between Finland and seven Eastern European countries, as well as between Eastern European countries. The methodology applied is a semiparametric version of the threefold Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition. We find that main part of the average test score gap cannot be explained by the individual characteristics. Furthermore, our analysis at different quantiles provides evidence that the average test score gaps are due to the fact that poorly performing students in Finland score much higher than poorly performing students in Eastern Europe.

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

Suggested Citation

Botezat, Alina and Seiberlich, Ruben R., Educational Performance Gaps in Eastern Europe (October 2013). Economics of Transition, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 731-756, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2332941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecot.12027

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