Aspirations, Expectations and Education Outcomes for Children in Britain: Considering Relative Measures of Family Efficiency

By Yuxin Li and Karen A. Mumford.

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The distance function methodology is applied to the analysis of household production functions in this study. In particular, the family’s ability to efficiently and simultaneously generate a dual education (mathematics and reading) output for their child subject to multiple, constrained input availability is addressed. A stochastic production frontier model is estimated and significant shortfalls from the productive ideal are established, implying substantial scope for improvement in the production of childhood education outcomes amongst British families. There is also considerable variation across families in the efficiency of their production related to both family and child-centric variables. Implementing a conditional mean model, inefficiency is further shown to be strongly associated with the educational aspirations of the parents for their child.

Keywords: Childhood Education, Family, Performance, Production Efficiency, Aspirations, Expectations

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp.289-308. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 882.356KB).

Yuxin Li

Warwick Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK

Prof. Karen A. Mumford

Professor, Department of Economics and Related Studies IZA, Institute for the Study of Labour, University of York, York, UK

Karen Mumford is a professor of economics at the University of York. Her research is primarily concerned with the relative labour market position of women and implications from using the family as the unit of analysis for childhood education outcomes.


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