Education quality and labour market outcomes in South Africa

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Author: Branson, Nicola; Leibbrandt, Murray

Abstract:

In this paper we include measures of school quality in regressions determining the labour market premiums to education level. We use the matric exemption score and the pupil/teacher ratio of the respondents’ closest school during childhood as proxies for education quality. We find that the employment and earnings premiums to education level are robust to the inclusion of these quality measures. Moreover, there is a significant direct relationship between our quality measures and earnings, controlling for education level. Increasing the matric exemption score by 10 percentage points increases earnings, on average, by eight per cent and decreasing the pupil/teacher ratio by one learner is associated with a one per cent increase in earnings. No significant relationship is found between the school quality measures and employment.

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In this paper we include measures of school quality in regressions determining the labour market premiums to education level. We use the matric exemption score and the pupil/teacher ratio of the respondents’ closest school during childhood as proxies for education quality. We find that the employment and earnings premiums to education level are robust to the inclusion of these quality measures. Moreover, there is a significant direct relationship between our quality measures and earnings, controlling for education level. Increasing the matric exemption score by 10 percentage points ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Teaching and learning; Quality; Labour market; Outcomes; Qualifications; Employment

Keywords: Education; Outcomes of education and training; Educational level; Return on education and training

Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2013

Physical description: 31 p.

Access item:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5k4dlffrb18t-en

Series:
OECD Economics Department working papers; no. 1021

ISSN: 1815-1973 (online)

Resource type: Working paper

Call Number:
TD/TNC 111.597



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