Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 08:34:31


Political Science

Honors Course

3700 497

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


High quality educational outcomes are a coveted item throughout the advanced industrialized world. This paper is a quantitative analysis of the educational outcomes of thirty-seven Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) member countries. The overarching goal is to determine what variables account for this variation. Causes investigated include the type of party system, wealth, inequality, health of democracy, government spending on education, access to affordable healthcare, and student-teacher ratios. Socioeconomic variables, including wealth and income inequality, and the level of political freedom have the greatest impact on quality of education. Other more bureaucratic factors, including access to healthcare, student-teacher ratios, and government spending, show a smaller, less significant impact.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Ron Gelleny

First Reader

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler

Second Reader

Dr. Phillip Marcin

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ron Gelleny

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