ERIC Number: EJ873811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
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Are Mathematics and Science Test Scores Good Indicators of Labor-Force Quality?
Chen, Shiu-Sheng; Luoh, Ming-Ching
Social Indicators Research, v96 n1 p133-143 Mar 2010
Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), we investigate the link between test scores (mathematics and science) and cross-country income differences. We would like to know whether test scores are good indicators of labor-force quality. The analysis suggests that after properly controlling other variables that are typical in cross-country economic growth study, the strong link between test scores and cross-country income differences disappears. Moreover, we show that variables such as Research and Development researchers (per capita) or Scientific and Technical journal articles (per capita) can better account for the cross-country income differences.
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Research and Development, Income, Academic Achievement, Science Tests, Labor Force, Journal Articles, Mathematics Tests, Scores, Scientific and Technical Information, Mathematics Achievement, Science Achievement, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Comparative Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment