Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80659
Authors: 
Bertola, Giuseppe
Checchi, Daniele
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7444
Abstract: 
Private school students do not always perform better in standardized tests. We suggest that this may be explained by choice of private schooling by less capable students in countries where government schools are better suited to talented students. To assess the empirical relevance of this mechanism, we exploit cross-country variation in the PISA 2009 survey of differences between private and state school regarding organizational features that are differently suitable for students with different learning ability. We seek and find evidence of this mechanism's empirical relevance in controlled regressions that treat within-country variation of PISA scores as an indicator of unobserved ability to learn.
Subjects: 
PISA survey
private education
talent
educational background
JEL: 
I21
I24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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