PROJECTS

Return on Investment from Schooling in Māori, New Zealand

The problem

The educational outcomes of Māori school students in New Zealand are lower than the national average. The Ministry of Education wanted to know if it should direct more resources into education conducted in Māori language (Māori medium) in order to improve outcomes.

How we helped

Castalia helped the Ministry of Education understand the return on investment in Māori-medium education. Māori students who attend specialist schools which teach all or most subjects in Māori (while also teaching English) tend to have better educational outcomes than Māori students who attend general English-language schools. The Ministry wanted to know if better outcomes were due to self-selection—Māori families who were committed to education were more likely to send children to specialist schools—or if education in Māori medium produced better outcomes after other factors were controlled. We estimated school grades for Māori in general and Māori medium schools controlling for various factors and then estimated the expected income, justice system costs, welfare costs, and health costs over individuals’ lifetimes based on grades achieved at school. We were able to determine the return on investment in Māori-medium schools after accounting for additional investment.

Impact

Our work informed the Ministry of Education of the value of Māori-medium education and led to greater resources being allocated to specialist schools.

Our team

Alex Sundakov

Alex Sundakov

Executive Director
Charlie Sheppard

Charlie Sheppard

Senior Analyst
Dylan James

Dylan James

Director

How can we help you?

How can we help you?

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WASHINGTON, DC
+1 (202) 466-6790
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1200
United States of America

SYDNEY
+61 (2) 9231 6862
Suite 19.01, Level 19, 227 Elizabeth Street
Australia

AUCKLAND
+64 (4) 913 2800
74D France Street, Newton South
New Zealand

WELLINGTON
+64 (4) 913 2800
Level 2, 88 The Terrace
New Zealand

PARIS
+33 (1) 73 44 26 97
6 Rue Duret
France

BOGOTÁ
+57 (1) 508 5794
Calle 81 #11-08, Piso 5, Oficina 5-127
Colombia

Thinking for a better world.

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