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Title:Educational Production in East Asia : The Impact of Family Background and Schooling PDF Logo
Authors:Woessmann, Ludger
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 745
Abstract:East Asian students regularly take top positions in international league tables of educational performance. Using internationally comparable student-level data, I estimate how family background and schooling policies affect student performance in five high-performing East Asian economies. Family background is a strong predictor of student performance in South Korea and Singapore, while Hong Kong and Thailand achieve more equalized outcomes. There is no evidence that smaller classes improve student performance in East Asia. But other schooling policies such as school autonomy over salaries and regular homework assignments are related to higher student performance in several of the considered countries.
Subjects:education production function
East Asia
family background
class size
school autonomy
JEL:I20
H52
O15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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