Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/91783
Authors: 
Silva, Olmo
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Policy Paper 5
Abstract: 
In this paper I survey the recent economics of education literature in order to identify which education policies can effectively improve the quality of primary schooling, as measured by pupil test-based achievements. Particular attention is devoted to the experience of England, a country which has made substantial investments over the past decade aimed at improving its primary education. Evidence suggests that broadly scoped resource-based programmes deliver less than more targeted policies. Additionally, a growing body of research shows that interventions that enhance choice and competition among education-service providers, and motivate teachers through pecuniary rewards, have some scope in raising education standards. I conclude my survey by discussing some broad concerns with modes of education provision centred on choice and competition, mainly pupil segregation along the lines of ability and family background.
Subjects: 
primary schools
resources
choice and competition
incentives
JEL: 
I20
I28
H52
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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