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Measuring Technical Efficiency in Primary Education: Evidences for Peruvian Case

Guillermo Jopen Sánchez ()

No 2016-77, Working Papers from Peruvian Economic Association

Abstract: This research article applies an analysis of efficiency in the process of educational outcomes (or "educational efficiency") on Peruvian elementary schools. It evaluates whether there are significant differences in efficiency analysis if educational outcome is considered unidimensional (only considered the educational achievement) or multidimensional (also includes access and retention in the education system). Furthermore, this document investigates the causes of these differences, and their relationship with characteristics of the demand for educational services. For that purpose, parametric and nonparametric methods are used to identify educational efficiency levels, and the Tobit methodology to estimate the effects of non-discretionary factors. The research points toward the conclusion that Peruvian elementary schools have heterogeneous levels of efficiency. Main aspects that explain this heterogeneity are school experience in generating educational outcomes, the prevalence of students with preschool education, and socioeconomic status of their households.

Keywords: Analysis of Education; Education and Inequality; Parametric and Nonparametric Methods; Government Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I24 C14 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-11
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