© 1999

The Economics of School Quality Investments in Developing Countries

An Empirical Study of Ghana


Part of the Studies on the African Economies book series (SAES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Analysing Investments in Education

  3. The Impact of Investments in School Quality on Cognitive Skills

  4. Cognitive Skills, Incomes and Rates of Return to School Quality Investments

  5. Cognitive Skills and Non-Economic Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Paul Glewwe, Jaikishan Desai
      Pages 295-326
    3. Raylynn Oliver
      Pages 327-344
  6. Findings and Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 354-373

About this book


This book presents a method to estimate the economic returns to investments in school quality. While economists have long had methods to estimate rates of return to additional years of schooling, until now there has been no method for analyzing returns to investments in school quality. This is regrettable, because many, if not most, government education policies focus on school quality. Empirical work using data from Ghana shows that investments in school quality have higher rates of return than investments in increased years in schooling. The bulk of the study is written by Paul Glewwe, with some coauthored and contributed pieces from his co-researchers Jaikishan Desai, Dean Jolliffe, Raylynn Oliver and Wim Vijverberg, who worked as research assistants on this project.


Developing Countries economics education employment fertility health investment research

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The World BankWashington, DCUSA

About the authors

PAUL GLEWWE is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. He was previously at Pennsylvania State University and has published very widely in major journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Economics of School Quality Investments in Developing Countries
  • Book Subtitle An Empirical Study of Ghana
  • Authors Paul Glewwe
  • Series Title Studies on the African Economies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Economics & Finance Collection Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-76383-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-15034-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-15032-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 373
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Development Economics
    Philosophy of Education
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