Schooling Quality in Eastern Europe: Educational Production During Transition

43 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2003

See all articles by Andreas Ammermueller

Andreas Ammermueller

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Hans Heijke

Maastricht University - Department of Economics

Ludger Woessmann

Ifo Institute for Economic Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); University of Munich - Ifo Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: March 2003

Abstract

We estimate educational production functions for seven Eastern European transition countries, using student-level TIMSS data for lower secondary education. The results show substantial effects of student background on educational performance and a much lower impact of resources and the institutional setting. Two different groups of countries emerge. For the first group that features high mean test scores and has progressed far in transition, large effects of family background on student performance and a higher spread of test scores illustrate the similarity to Western European schooling systems, the performance of which it surpasses. Schools of the second group produce instead a denser distribution of educational achievement, characteristic of communist societies.

Keywords: Educational Production, Class Size, TIMSS, Transition of Institutions

JEL Classification: I21, P36

Suggested Citation

Ammermueller, Andreas and Heijke, Hans and Woessmann, Ludger, Schooling Quality in Eastern Europe: Educational Production During Transition (March 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=392064

Andreas Ammermueller

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs ( email )

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Hans Heijke

Maastricht University - Department of Economics ( email )

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