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Resources and Student Achievement-Evidence from a Swedish Policy Reform

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  • Peter Fredriksson
  • Björn �ckert

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A policy change is used to estimate the effect of teacher density on student performance. We find that an increase in teacher density has a positive effect on student achievement. The baseline estimate-obtained by using the grade-point average as the outcome variable-implies that resource increases corresponding to the class-size reduction in the STAR experiment (a reduction of seven students) improves performance by 2.6 percentile ranks (or 0.08 standard deviations). When we used test-score data for men, potentially a more objective measure of student performance, the effect of resources appears to be twice as large. Copyright � The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2008 .

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 110 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 277-296

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  1. Smyth, Emer & McCoy, Selina, 2009. "Investing in Education: Combating Educational Disadvantage," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS006.

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