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CIES 2017: Equity Measurement and Applications (group panel)

  • Sheraton Atlanta, Augusta (South Tower) 165 Courtland Street Northeast Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States (map)

Chair: Carina Omoeva, FHI 360

Discussant: Bilal F Barakat, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital


  • Improving the international monitoring framework to measure equity in the distribution of education resources,  Wendy Weng, Patrick Montjourides, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
  • Value of education and its implications on educational inequality, Wael Moussa, Carina Omoeva, Charles Gale, FHI 360
  • Equity-based Measurement of Learning Progress using Early Grade Reading Assessments, Benjamin Sylla, USAID
  • Essential metrics for equity: Home learning environment data required to promote learning, Lauren Pisani, Amy Jo Dowd, , Save the Children, Elliot W Friedlande, Stanford University


Equity in education has become a central topic among researchers and policy makers alike. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) put forth by the UNDP highlight the importance of inequality as a target that needs to be minimized across social, economic, political, and educational dimensions (SDGs 4 and 10). This panel discusses current and known methods of measuring inequality in the international education space and brings to light their properties and implications for accurate measurement and policy decision making. The panel will seek to highlight equity measurement across several dimensions of education including assessment outcomes, attainment, and resource allocation.

The panel will feature three presentations of research conducted at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, FHI 360, and USAID on issues of robust measurement of inequality in educational outcomes and resource allocation at the national and programmatic levels. The aims of the panel will be to portray accurately the distribution of resources available to providers of educational services and their recipients, the distributional properties of educational attainment and their links to the value of the education attained, and illustrate the equity implications of a large number of USAID funded educational programs worldwide using EGRA data.

The panel will be structured as a series of three presentations. Wael Moussa will act as chair for the session and Bilal Barakat will be the discussant. The first presentation will be by Patrick Montjourides, who will present a technical examination of SDG indicator 4.19 which measures the distribution of resource allocation within countries and test the extent to which the allocations are equitable. The second presentation will be by Charles Gale, who will present research on educational inequality as measured by the Gini and the implications of the current valuation of linear increments in years of schooling relative to a reformulation of attainment as it relates to the returns on schooling investments. Lastly, Ben Sylla will present findings applying nuanced techniques to measure gaps between groups across a number of USAID educational programs using pre/post EGRA data.