the test that I am using for my research (PIRLS), Georgia does not
rank high... However, Russia is number one on the list. This result
is very puzzling for me to interpret because Russia has not reformed
its educational system as much as Georgia did. On the other hand,
Georgia has decentralized its educational system and has 100%
literacy rate but it still does not show good results in PIRLS. I think I need to
look at differences between city and village schools of
According to Dr. Brat, education is just one variable
and it varies and so does its impact on an economy. In addition, the
complexity mentioned above will makes this to be a good paper.
will also take the following variables into consideration:
I am trying to derive the main argument of my research.
Ammermueller, Heijke, and Woessmann use seven countries (Czech Republic, Hungary,
Slovenia, Slovakia, Lithuania,
Latvia, Romania) which
they group into two categories in the end. The first group, as they say, has
progressed far in transition because they have higher mean scores than the
others. And the second group of countries produce denser distribution of
educational achievement, which is a characteristic of Communist societies.
I decided to pick seven countries, (Bulgaria,
Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Macedonia, Moldova, Romania) and break them up into two
groups at the end like Ammermueller, Heijke, and Woessmann do. I also want to
mention the World Bank's rank of ease of doing business and speak about the
investment climate in those countries.
Since education is one of the most important topics of my research, I was looking for international tests that cover Georgia. This way I could conduct a cross country study by comparing the Georgia's test score with the countries in the same region.
I was able to find Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) test which was conducted in Georgia in 2006.
It has been more than a week since I came back to Georgia and finally was able to adjust to the eight hour time difference.
The topic of my research is economic development of Eastern Europe with particular emphasis on Georgia. Since human capital is one of the most important determinants of economic growth, I will address the secondary education in this research. At this point, I plan to base my research on the research paper by Andreas Ammermüller, Hans Heijke, and Ludger
Wößmann, titled Schooling
quality in Eastern Europe: Educational
production during transition.
Georgia is currently undergoing a profound transition, as it has moved from Soviet
control up through 1991 into economic decline from 1991 to 1995 and is now
entering a rapid growth period of over 10% growth during the last several
years. How will it emerge from its transition? The answer according to many
economists will depend on the strength of their institutions and education
system. If their institutions prepare students for the modern world of market
economics, the likelihood of success is much higher.
is the current state of Georgia’s
economy in terms of its education? How will the country emerge from its
transition into the free market economy?
These will be some of the questions that I will address in my research.