Performance Indicators for Public Spending Efficiency in Primary and Secondary Education

66 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2007

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Douglas Sutherland

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Economics Department (ECO)

Robert Price

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Economics Department (ECO)

Isabelle Joumard

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Economics Department (ECO)

Chantal Nicq

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Policy Studies Branch

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This paper assesses the potential to raise public spending efficiency in the primary and secondary education sector. Resource availability per pupil has increased significantly over the past decade in a number of countries; often in attempting to exploit the link between educational attainment and growth. However, available evidence reveals only a weak correlation between increased resource availability and pupil performance. In order to draw cross-country comparisons of the efficiency in the provision of education, the paper develops a set of comparable indicators which reflect international differences in the levels of efficiency in the primary and secondary education sector both within and among countries. The paper identifies significant scope to improve efficiency by moving towards best practice. These results are robust to a variety of approaches and are most certain when the potential gain from eliminating inefficiency is larger.

Keywords: Education, public spending, efficiency, nonparametric methods, data envelopment analysis

JEL Classification: C14, C21, D24, H41, H52, I21, I22, I28

Suggested Citation

Sutherland, Douglas and Price, Robert and Joumard, Isabelle and Nicq, Chantal, Performance Indicators for Public Spending Efficiency in Primary and Secondary Education (2007). OECD Economics Department Working Paper No. 546. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=967656 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.967656

Douglas Sutherland (Contact Author)

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Economics Department (ECO) ( email )

2 rue Andre Pascal
Paris Cedex 16, MO 63108
France

Robert Price

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Economics Department (ECO) ( email )

2 rue Andre Pascal
Paris Cedex 16, MO 63108
France

Isabelle Joumard

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Economics Department (ECO) ( email )

2 rue Andre Pascal
Paris Cedex 16, MO 63108
France

Chantal Nicq

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) - Policy Studies Branch ( email )

Paris
France

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