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Time to learn? The organizational structure of schools and student achievement

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  • Ozkan Eren

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  • Daniel Millimet

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Utilizing parametric and nonparametric techniques, we asses the impact of a heretofore relatively unexplored ‘input ’in the educational process, time allocation, on the distribution of academic acheivement. Our results indicate that school year length and the number and average duration of classes are salient determinants of student performance. However, the effects are not homogeneous — in terms of both direction and magnitude — across the distribution. We find that students below the median benefit from a shorter school year, while a longer school year benefits students above the median. Furthermore, low-achieving students benefit from fewer, shorter classes per day, while high-achieving students benefit from more and longer classes per day.Length: 30 pages

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 32 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 301-332

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:32:y:2007:i:2:p:301-332

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Keywords: Student achievement; School quality; Stochastic dominance; Quantile treatment effects; Inverse propensity score weighting; C14; I21; I28;

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Cited by:
  1. Dave E. Marcotte & Steven W. Hemelt, 2008. "Unscheduled School Closings and Student Performance," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 3(3), pages 316-338, July.
  2. Philipp Mandel & Bernd Süssmuth, 2011. "Total Instructional Time Exposure and Student Achievement: An Extreme Bounds Analysis Based on German State-Level Variation," CESifo Working Paper Series 3580, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Trevor Collier & Daniel Millimet, 2009. "Institutional arrangements in educational systems and student achievement: a cross-national analysis," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 37(2), pages 329-381, October.
  4. Mauro Mediavilla Bordalejo, 2010. "Las becas y ayudas al estudio como elemento determinante de la continuidad escolar en el nivel secundario post-obligatorio. Un análisis de sensibilidad a partir de la aplicación del Propensity Score," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 5, in: María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia & Domingo P. Ximénez-de-Embún & José María Gómez-Sancho & Greg (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5, edition 1, volume 5, chapter 29, pages 561-582 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.

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