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Improving the Efficiency and Equity of Public Education Spending: The Case of Moldova

Hui Jin, La-Bhus Fah Jirasavetakul and Baoping Shang

No 2019/042, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This paper, using Moldova as an example, presents a systematic approach to assess the efficiency and equity of public education spending, identify sources of inefficiencies and inequality, and formulate potential reform options. The analytical framework combines international benchmarking with country-specific analysis—such as microeconomic analysis based on household survey data—and can provide important insights into diagnosing and reforming education systems. The analysis finds significant scope to improve both efficiency and equity of the education sector in Moldova. Potential reform measures include further consolidating the oversized school network, reducing overstaffing, and better targeting government subsidies. The current remuneration policy could also be improved to attract high quality teachers and incentivize performance.

Keywords: Education spending; Public expenditures and education; Social safety nets; Unemployment; Expenditure efficiency; public education spending,spending efficiency,inequality,education reform,education spend,non-teaching staff,education outcome,non-teaching,education sector (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39
Date: 2019-02-26
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