The impact of school quality on earnings and educational returns- evidence from a low-income country

Arjun Bedi, John H.Y. Edwards

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Abstract

The expansion of education has been widely adopted as a key element in the development strategies of low-income countries. While there is substantial evidence on the benefits of greater educational attainment for subsequent labor market earnings, empirical evidence on the role played by school quality is scarce. This paper combines household survey
data with unique data on school quality, from Honduras, to study the importance of school
quality as a detem1inant of earnings. Our objective measures of school quaiity capture
teacher training, school infrastrncture and school crowding. The results display strong positive effects of school quality on earnings and on educational returns. These effects p~rsist
across a variety of model specifications.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number338
ISSN0921-0210

Series

  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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