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Does School Duration Affect Student Performance? Findings from Canton-Based Variation in Swiss Educational Length

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  • Vegard Skirbekk
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    We investigate Swiss canton-based regulations determining the number of school years required to graduate from academic track secondary school. We find that this variation (12, 12.5 or 13 years) does not affect human capital levels (TIMSS math and science performance). This suggests that one could decrease school length from 13 to 12 years without decreasing student performance levels. A younger school leaving age could extend the working life, soften the burden of population ageing, increase life-time income and narrow the gap between desired and actual fertility.

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    Article provided by Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) in its journal Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 142 (2006)
    Issue (Month): I (March)
    Pages: 115-145

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    Handle: RePEc:ses:arsjes:2006-i-4

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    Keywords: Human Capital; School Reforms;

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    1. Andrew Weiss, 1995. "Human Capital vs. Signalling Explanations of Wages," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 9(4), pages 133-154, Fall.
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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.

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