This article investigates whether the inclusion of “social rights” in political constitutions affects social performance. More specifically, it analyzes whether including the right to education in the constitution has been related to lower “educational inequality”. The authors rely on data for 61 countries that participated in the 2012 PISA tests. The results —strong and robust to the estimation technique— show that there is no evidence that including the right to education in the constitution has been associated with lower test scores dispersion. These results are important for countries that are discussing the adoption of new constitutions, such as Thailand and Chile.
|Translated title of the contribution||Education and Constitutional Rights|
|Number of pages||104|
|Journal||Revista de Estudios Públicos (CEP)|
|State||Published - 2015|