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Title:Fundamental determinants of school efficiency and equity: german states as a microcosm for OECD countries PDF Logo
Authors:Woessmann, Ludger
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 1981
Abstract:Cross-country evidence on student achievement might be hampered by omitted country characteristics such as language or legal differences. This paper uses cross-state variation in Germany, whose sixteen states share the same language and legal system, but pursue different education policies. The same results found previously across countries hold within Germany: Higher mean student performance is associated with central exams, private school operation, and socio-economic background, but not with spending, while higher equality of opportunity is associated with reduced tracking. In a model that pools German states with OECD countries, these fundamental determinants do not differ significantly between the two samples.
JEL:I28
L38
L33
H52
D02
D63
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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