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The fading productivity of schooling in East Asia

Erich Gundlach () and Ludger Wößmann
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Ludger Woessmann ()

No 945, Kiel Working Papers from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

Abstract: We compare changes in schooling output and in schooling input of six East Asian countries to derive a measure of productivity change. Our results question the impression that all is well with education in East Asia. First, we find that the cognitive achievement of pupils did not change substantially in 1980-94 (except for the Philippines, where it most likely declined). Hence schooling output largely remained flat or worsened. Second, we find that the relative price of schooling increased by more than would be warranted by zero productivity growth in schooling. Therefore, we conclude that schooling productivity has declined. The main reason for the fading productivity of schooling appears to be a decline in the pupil-teacher ratio.

JEL-codes: I2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
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