Tuesday, June 22, 2010

School resources and school quality

How we make schools better? More money, obviously.Or maybe not, this paper shows that it may be possible to improve school quality without additional financial resources.
Do School Resources Increase School Quality ?
Nadir Altanok
The aim of this paper is to verify whether school resource factors have an impact on the quality of education. This latter is measured with the help of a unique database on student scores in international skills tests. The general difficulties inherent in this type of study are the possibility of endogeneity bias and measurement errors. After estimation bias correction, we show that improvement in the quality of educational systems does not necessarily require an increase in school resources. When an alternative indicator of the performance of educational systems is used, our results are confirmed. Consequently, one should remain cautious about recommending purely financial measures to improve quality of education.

1 comment:

Cornelius said...

This is common sense: more money doesn't imply efficient use of funds. I know this from personal experience, sadly.

Regardless, I propose a solution to education problems afflicting the nation on my blog: http://realdealecon.blogspot.com/2010/06/school-and-class-warfare.html