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Test scores and economic growth: update and extension

Heller-Sahlgren, Gabriel and Jordahl, Henrik (2023) Test scores and economic growth: update and extension. Applied Economics Letters. ISSN 1350-4851

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13504851.2023.2168604


Research indicates that education quality–measured by test scores in international student surveys–predicts economic growth. In this paper, we extend previous findings up to 2016 and analyse test scores of upper-secondary school students only. We find that the positive relationship between growth and test scores holds in both cases. The share of top-performing students exhibits a stronger correlation with economic growth than does the share of students who meet basic requirements.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I20 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O15 - Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O57 - Comparative Studies of Countries
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2023 12:06
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 18:15

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