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OECD Economics Department Working Papers

Working papers from the Economics Department of the OECD that cover the full range of the Department’s work including the economic situation, policy analysis and projections; fiscal policy, public expenditure and taxation; and structural issues including ageing, growth and productivity, migration, environment, human capital, housing, trade and investment, labour markets, regulatory reform, competition, health, and other issues.

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Linkages Between Performance and Institutions in the Primary and Secondary Education Sector

The efficiency of schools diverges dramatically across countries in the OECD and can also vary markedly within countries. These differences in levels of efficiency can be traced to policy and institutional settings. As such, moving to best practice could boost educational attainment and reduce pressure on budgetary resources. This paper assesses empirically the relationship between institutional and policy settings and the efficiency of public spending on primary and secondary education across OECD countries. The analysis builds on two previous papers, which respectively developed OECD-area indicators of educational efficiency based on PISA score data and institutional indicators based on questionnaire responses. The results identify a number of institutional and policy settings that appear conducive to raising efficiency, as well as policies that appear to be detrimental to achieving higher levels of efficiency.

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Keywords: public spending, efficiency, institutional indicators, education
JEL: I21: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Analysis of Education; H52: Public Economics / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / National Government Expenditures and Education; I22: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Educational Finance; Financial Aid; I28: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Education: Government Policy
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