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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 ()

Munich Reprints in Economics from University of Munich, Department of Economics

Abstract: We estimate changes in the productivity of schooling for six East Asian countries. Our productivity measure is based on changes in the relative price of schooling. A rising price of schooling relative to other labor-intensive service sectors should indicate declining relative schooling productivity. We find that the price of schooling increased by more than the price of other labor-intensive services in 1980 to 1994. We also find that the cognitive achievement of pupils did not change substantially, which suggests a constant quality of schooling output. Hence, we conclude that schooling productivity has declined. The main reason for the fading productivity of schooling in East Asian countries appears to be a strong decline in the pupil-teacher ratio.

Date: 2001
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Published in Journal of Asian Economics 3 12(2001): pp. 401-417

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