Linkages between Performance and Institutions in the Primary and Secondary Education Sector

OECD Economics Department Working Papers No. 558

46 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 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)

Date Written: June 11, 2007

Abstract

The efficiency of schools diverges dramatically across countries in the OECD and can also vary markedly within countries. These differences in levels of efficiency can be traced to policy and institutional settings. As such, moving to best practice could boost educational attainment and reduce pressure on budgetary resources. This paper assesses empirically the relationship between institutional and policy settings and the efficiency of public spending on primary and secondary education across OECD countries. The analysis builds on two previous papers, which respectively developed OECD-area indicators of educational efficiency based on PISA score data and institutional indicators based on questionnaire responses. The results identify a number of institutional and policy settings that appear conducive to raising efficiency, as well as policies that appear to be detrimental to achieving higher levels of efficiency.

Keywords: Education, public spending, efficiency, institutional indicators

JEL Classification: H52, I21, I22, I28

Suggested Citation

Sutherland, Douglas and Price, Robert, Linkages between Performance and Institutions in the Primary and Secondary Education Sector (June 11, 2007). OECD Economics Department Working Papers No. 558, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=995756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.995756

Douglas Sutherland (Contact Author)

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

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Paris Cedex 16, MO 63108
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Robert Price

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

2 rue Andre Pascal
Paris Cedex 16, MO 63108
France

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