#4: QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Two of these questions will be on the final exam. In addition, there will be a “surprise” question. Prepare comprehensive answers to all parts of these questions, providing any necessary theory and evidence to supplement your answers.
- Developing countries have made great improvements to ensure that all children complete primary school and most continue on to enroll in secondary school.
- According to Stanford University economist Eric Hanushek: “there are no clear or systematic relationships between key inputs and student performance.” Please discuss some of the main arguments for this statement, as well as the main criticisms regarding the body of empirical results on which it is based.
- In reviewing the education production function literature for developing countries, Glewwe and Lambert (2010) argue that “While hundreds of policies have been advocated to increase learning, few have been rigorously evaluated, and even fewer appear to be effective.” You have been hired by the Ministry of Education in a developing country XYZ. Please describe some of your key ideas in ensuring that new education policies will prove to be more effective.