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The effect of school resources on pupil attainment: a multilevel simultaneous equation modelling approach

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  • Fiona Steele
  • Anna Vignoles
  • Andrew Jenkins
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    Improving educational achievement in UK schools is a priority, and of particular concern is the low achievement of specific groups, such as those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. An obvious question is whether we should be improving the outcomes of these pupils by spending more on their education. The literature on the effect of educational spending on the achievement of pupils has some methodological difficulties, in particular the endogeneity of school resource levels, and the intraschool correlations in pupils' responses. We adopt a multi-level simultaneous equation modelling approach to assess the effect of school resources on pupil attainment at age 14 years. The paper is the first to apply a simultaneous equation model to estimate the effect of school resources on pupils' achievement, using the newly available national pupil database and pupil level annual school census.

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    Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 26481.

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    Date of creation: Apr 2007
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    Publication status: Published in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, April, 2007, 170(3), pp. 801-824. ISSN: 0964-1998
    Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:26481

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