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The impact of homework on student achievement

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  • Ozkan Eren
  • Daniel J. Henderson

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Utilizing parametric and nonparametric techniques, we assess the role of a heretofore relatively unexplored "input" in the educational process, homework, on academic achievement. Our results indicate that homework is an important determinant of student test scores. Relative to more standard spending related measures, extra homework has a larger and more significant impact on test scores. However, the effects are not uniform across different subpopulations. Specifically, we find additional homework to be most effective for high and low achievers, which is further confirmed by stochastic dominance analysis. Moreover, the parametric estimates of the educational production function overstate the impact of schooling related inputs. In all estimates, the homework coefficient from the parametric model maps to the upper deciles of the nonparametric coefficient distribution and as a by-product the parametric model understates the percentage of students with negative responses to additional homework. Copyright � 2008 The Author(s). Journal compilation � Royal Economic Society 2008

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal Econometrics Journal.

Volume (Year): 11 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (07)
Pages: 326-348

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Handle: RePEc:ect:emjrnl:v:11:y:2008:i:2:p:326-348

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  1. Büttner, Bettina & Thomsen, Stephan L., 2010. "Are we spending too many years in school? Causal evidence of the impact of shortening secondary school duration," ZEW Discussion Papers 10-011, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  2. Torberg Falch & Marte Rønning, 2011. "Homework assignment and student achievement in OECD countries," Working Paper Series 11411, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  3. Nicolas Grau, 2013. "The Impact of College Admissions Policies on The Performance of High School Students," PIER Working Paper Archive 13-040, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  4. Ozkan Eren & Daniel J. Henderson, 2009. "Are We Wasting Our Children’s Time by Giving them More Homework?," Working Papers 0907, University of Nevada, Las Vegas , Department of Economics.
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  8. Henderson, Daniel J., 2008. "A Test for Multimodality of Regression Derivatives with an Application to Nonparametric Growth Regressions," MPRA Paper 8768, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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