Battaglia, M. and L.Lebedinski
Economics of Transition – Forthcoming

Keywords: expectations, perceived returns to education, program evaluation


Abstract: We examine how a remedial education program for primary school-age children affects parental expectations about their children’s future. Using original survey data we collected in Serbia, we investigate whether expectations on labor market prospects and educational attainment change as a consequence of exposure to the Roma Teaching Assistant program. Our results show that parents of pupils in treated schools expect higher returns to education for their children and are more likely to expect them to achieve a secondary level of education. We also investigate the possible mechanisms in place due to the characteristics of the program: remedial education and role model.