International education quality
Education is linked with economic productivity and growth in personal income. But what is it about education which creates this linkage? Have nations with high rates of enrollment achieved the maximum educational productivity?This note will argue that the impact of education is derived primarily from its quality, but that there are multiple indicators of educational quality which do not necessarily operate in uniform fashion. The note will describe the distribution of educational quality around the world and point out that even in nations with full enrollment and high educational expenditure the impact of investments varies considerably. The note will review what we know about educational quality from the evidence of the last two decades. It will address some of the current debates surrounding investment in educational quality and it will introduce several issues which will drive these debates in the future.