ERIC Number: ED416246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
International Education Expenditure Comparability Study: Final Report, Volume I. Working Paper Series.
Barro, Stephen M.
This is Volume I of the final report of the Study of International Comparability of Statistics on Education Expenditures, undertaken to assess the validity of international comparisons based on expenditure statistics compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization. The implications of deviations from comparability were studied, and the prospects and options for making international expenditure statistics more comparable in the future were considered. This, the main volume, examines the nature, prevalence, severity, and causes of problems in comparing education expenditures across countries, and it assesses progress to date in correcting these problems and options for further improvement. The second volume offers a quantitative analysis of the combined effects of multiple comparability problems on international comparisons of selected expenditure statistics and indicators. An executive summary presents findings of both volumes. The following sections are included in Volume I: (1) "Introduction and Background"; (2) "Overview of Comparability Problems"; (3) "Defining the Boundaries of Education"; (4) "Classification of Expenditures by Level of Education"; (5) "The Public and Private Dimensions of Education Expenditures"; (6) "Expenditures for Particular Functions, Services, and Cost Categories"; (7) "Special Issues Concerning Expenditures for Tertiary Education"; (8) "Statistics on Uses of Education Funds (Expenditures by Nature and Resource Category"; (9) "Education Expenditures by Source of Funds"; (10) "Enrollment Statistics and Expenditures per Student"; (11) "General Findings, Conclusions, and Implications." Three annexes present the study questionnaire and finance data collection tables. (Contains 6 tables and 32 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Costs, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditures, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Education, International Studies, Private Schools, Public Schools, Research Methodology, Tables (Data)
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5654.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SMB Economic Research, Inc., Washington, DC.; Pelavin Research Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: For Volume II, see TM 028 127.