Battaglia, M. and L.Lebedinski
Economics of Transition – 25(4), pp.681-721, October 2017

Keywords: expectations, perceived returns to education, program evaluation

Abstract: We examine how a remedial education programme 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 programme. 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 programme: remedial education and role model.