Efficiency in the Transformation of Schooling into Competences: A Cross-Country Analysis Using PIAAC Data

XREAP2017-11

37 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2017

See all articles by Inés P. Murillo Huertas

Inés P. Murillo Huertas

University of Extremadura

Josep Raymond

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Jorge Calero

University of Barcelona

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Date Written: November 29, 2017

Abstract

This study (i) compares the competence levels of the adult population in a set of OECD countries; (ii) assesses the comparative efficiency with which the education system in each country transforms schooling into competences, distinguishing by educational level, and (iii) tracks the evolution of this efficiency by birth cohorts. Using PIAAC data, the paper applies standard parametric frontier techniques under two alternative specifications. The results obtained under both specifications are similar and identify Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Japan as being the most efficient and Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland and Poland as the least efficient. The evolution of the efficiency levels by age cohorts shows that higher education is more efficient for younger cohorts, while lower and upper secondary education present a stable trend over cohorts.

Keywords: adult population competences; efficiency; PIAAC; parametric frontier techniques

JEL Classification: I21, C13

Suggested Citation

Murillo Huertas, Inés P. and Raymond, Josep and Calero, Jorge, Efficiency in the Transformation of Schooling into Competences: A Cross-Country Analysis Using PIAAC Data (November 29, 2017). XREAP2017-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3079312 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3079312

Inés P. Murillo Huertas (Contact Author)

University of Extremadura ( email )

Avenida de la Universidad s/n
Caceres, 10071
Spain

Josep Raymond

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193
Spain

Jorge Calero

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

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