Discussion Paper 37

Quality Adjusted Education Output in the EU

Yasheng Maimaiti1,2 and Mary O’Mahony1,3

1 Birmingham Business School (BHAM), Birmingham, UK
2 Xinjiang University
3 National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London



This study is the first in its kind to construct comprehensive education output indicators for EU countries over time (2000-2010) using test scores and field/level specific unit costs as quality adjustors. These countries appear to have rather heterogeneous growth patterns in their education output. Many of them experienced slight decrease in primary and secondary education output, but a modest increase in tertiary education output. A simple unweighted average of the growth rates show that the total education output grew by about 2% p.a. in these countries over the last decade. However, we see the urgency of enhancing the education quality in old EU member states.


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