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The Effect of Additional Funds for Low-Ability Pupils - A Nonparametric Bounds Analysis

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  • Monique De Haan

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This paper investigates the effect of a policy measure that gives secondary schools additional resources for low-ability pupils. Schools are free in deciding how to spend the additional money. I use a nonparametric bounds analysis to estimate upper and lower bounds on the effect of additional funds on exam results of pupils. First I investigate what can be concluded without imposing assumptions; next I layer weak nonparametric assumptions to tighten the bounds. The tightest bounds show that the additional school funds significantly increase the probability that a pupil passes the exam and it significantly increases math and language test scores.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3993.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3993

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Keywords: school resources; nonparametric bounds; education; spillovers;

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