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The efficiency of Uruguayan secondary schools: Evidence based on PISA 2015 data

Paola Azar (), Federico González () and Leonel Muinelo-Gallo ()
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Paola Azar: Universidad de la República (Uruguay). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración. Instituto de Economí­a

No 18-14, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Instituto de Economia - IECON

Abstract: While Uruguayan public education spending is limited so that increasing funding could still improve schooling outcomes, a better use of the current resources could also make a difference. This paper analyses the efficiency performance of a set of public and private schools and explores its main drivers based on PISA-2015 data. Efficiency is estimated by using PISA marks adjusted by the student socioeconomic condition as outputs in a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and it is regressed on a set of explanatory variables by applying bootstrapped truncated regressions. Results show high inefficiencies for the average Uruguayan school with a considerable dispersion in the efficiency attainments. Efficiency gains are associated to school size, location, private management and the presence of non-teaching staff.

Keywords: PISA; efficiency; DEA; private ownership (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 H52 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2018-12
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