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For whom the reductions count: A quantile regression analysis of class size and peer effects on scholastic achievement

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  • Jesse Levin

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    (NWO Program SCHOLAR and Tinbergen Institute, University of Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

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    In this paper the controversial educational topic of class size reduction is addressed. Controlling for a large number of observable characteristics and potential endogeneity in the class size variable, an educational production function is estimated using a quantile regression technique. The "conventional wisdom" that class size reduction is a viable means to increase scholastic achievement is discounted. Rather, the results point towards a far stronger peer effect through which class size reduction may play an important role. Due to heterogeneity in the newly identified peer effect, class size reduction is shown to be a potentially regressive policy measure.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 221-246

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:26:y:2001:i:1:p:221-246

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    Keywords: Quantile regression · class size · educational production · educational equity.;

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