Inequality of Learning in Industrialised Countries

23 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2007

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John Micklewright

Institute of Education; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sylke V. Schnepf

University of Southampton - Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: December 2006

Abstract

Within-country differences in educational outcomes are compared for a large group of industrialised countries. We investigate where inequality is greatest, the association between inequality in learning and average levels of learning, the interpretation of measured levels of inequality, and differences in inequality at the top and bottom of the national distributions. Our analysis is based on test score data for 21 countries present in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). The use of three different surveys avoids reliance on a single source.

Keywords: inequality, learning, education, TIMSS, PISA, PIRLS

JEL Classification: D39, I21, I39

Suggested Citation

Micklewright, John and Schnepf, Sylke V., Inequality of Learning in Industrialised Countries (December 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2517. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956383

John Micklewright (Contact Author)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Sylke V. Schnepf

University of Southampton - Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute (S3RI) ( email )

Southampton SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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