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Estimation of factors conditioning the acquisition of academic skills in Latin America in the presence of endogeneity

Geovanny Castro Aristizabal, Gregorio Gimenez and Domingo Ximénez-de-Embún ()

Revista CEPAL, 2018

Abstract: This article identifies the main determinants of skill acquisition in Latin America. Not having repeated a grade, sex, the number of books in the home and the mother’s education are defined as individual and family characteristics. In the case of school characteristics, the results are more heterogeneous between countries. The key factors seem to be attending a private school, the number of students per classroom, the quality of the educational materials available, and larger school size and autonomy. The characteristics of the schools explain most of the variability of the results, followed by family characteristics and then individual ones. School-based factors play a particularly crucial role in Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica; family characteristics are very important in Chile, Colombia and Peru; and individual ones are important in Colombia and Mexico.

Keywords: DESARROLLO DE CAPACIDAD; RENDIMIENTO ESCOLAR; EDUCACION; CALIDAD DE LA EDUCACION; EVALUACION; INDICADORES EDUCATIVOS; INVESTIGACION EDUCATIVA; CAPACITY BUILDING; ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT; EDUCATION; EDUCATIONAL QUALITY; EVALUATION; EDUCATIONAL INDICATORS; EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C29 I21 I24 I28 I29 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-04
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