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Zróżnicowanie jakości kapitału ludzkiego w Polsce. Od czego zależą wyniki edukacyjne?
Human Capital Formation in Poland. Where Does Educational Quality Come From?

Author(s): Mikołaj Herbst
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: EUROREG - Uniwersytet Warszawski, Regional Studies Association - Sekcja Polska
Keywords: human capital; education; regional disparities

Summary/Abstract: Theory and empirical literature relates educational quality to two main explanatory factors: intergenerational transfer of human capital and the quality of schools, school composition and economic conditions. Based on these findings a model explaining territorial differentiation of educational quality is proposed. The dependent variable is test score of 6th grade students, averaged at municipality level. As it turns out, educational outcome is highly conditioned on local human capital stock. The role of traditionally meant school quality (resources) is minor (although higher in rural areas than in cities. Average school outcome differs significantly along historical divisions of Poland, not only in levels, but also in parameters of determining function. Legacies of the past and related socioeconomic processes have a substantial impact on the sensitivity of educational quality to different explanatory factors.

  • Issue Year: 5/2004
  • Issue No: 17
  • Page Range: 93-104
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish