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ERIC Number: ED498040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-23
Pages: 41
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
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Fundamental Determinants of School Efficiency and Equity: German States as a Microcosm for OECD Countries
Woessmann, Ludger
Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University
Cross-country evidence on student achievement might be hampered by omitted country characteristics such as language or legal differences. This paper uses cross-state variation in Germany, whose sixteen states share the same language and legal system, but pursue different education policies. The same results found previously across countries hold within Germany: Higher mean student performance is associated with central exams, private school operation, and socio-economic background, but not with spending, while higher equality of opportunity is associated with reduced tracking. In a model that pools German states with OECD countries, these fundamental determinants do not differ significantly between the two samples. (Contains 34 footnotes, 7 tables, and 10 figures.) [This report was published by the Program for Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University.]
Program on Education Policy and Governance. Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Taubman 304, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-495-7976; Fax: 617-496-4428; e-mail: pepg@fas.harvard.edu; Web site: http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/pepg/
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany