Quality Adjusting Education Sector Productivity

  • Norman Gemmell
  • Patrick Nolan
  • Grant Scobie


This article examines how quality-adjusted productivity indices for the education sector may be constructed and proposes methods for making such adjustments to basic measures of labour and multifactor productivity growth. Results highlight the need for careful measurement, showing that measures unadjusted for quality are unlikely to provide sufficiently robust signals about changes in productivity performance in the education sector on which policy advice could be built. Our evidence suggests that quality adjustment to both inputs and outputs can make substantial differences to conclusions about productivity growth trends over 2000–15 compared with unadjusted indices.

How to Cite
GEMMELL, Norman; NOLAN, Patrick; SCOBIE, Grant. Quality Adjusting Education Sector Productivity. Policy Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 3, aug. 2018. ISSN 2324-1101. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/pq/article/view/5102>. Date accessed: 14 nov. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v14i3.5102.