What are the causes of educational inequality and their evolution over time? Evidence from PISA

Oppedisano, V. and Turati, G. 2015. What are the causes of educational inequality and their evolution over time? Evidence from PISA. Education Economics. 23 (1), pp. 3-24.

TitleWhat are the causes of educational inequality and their evolution over time? Evidence from PISA
AuthorsOppedisano, V. and Turati, G.
Abstract

This paper provides evidence on the sources of differences in inequalities in educational scores in European Union member states, by decomposing them into their determining factors. Using PISA data from the 2000 and 2006 waves, the paper shows that inequalities emerge in all countries and in both period, but decreased in Germany, whilst they increased in France and Italy. Decomposition shows that educational inequalities do not only reflect background related inequality, but especially schools' characteristics. The findings allow policy makers to target areas that may make a contribution in reducing educational inequalities.

KeywordsEducation expenditures, educational inequalities, Oaxaca decomposition
JournalEducation Economics
Journal citation23 (1), pp. 3-24
ISSN0964-5292
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptEducIneq.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09645292.2012.736475
Publication dates
Published25 Oct 2012
PublishedJan 2015

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