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Long-term effects of class size

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  • Fredriksson, Peter

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    (Stockholm University)

  • Öckert, Björn

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    (IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy)

  • OOsterbeek, Hessel

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    (University of Amsterdam)

Abstract

This paper evaluates the long-term effects of class size in primary school. We use rich administrative data from Sweden and exploit variation in class size created by a maximum class size rule. Smaller classes in the last three years of primary school (age 10 to 13) are not only beneficial for cognitive test scores at age 13 but also for non-cognitive scores at that age, for cognitive test scores at ages 16 and 18, and for completed education and wages at age 27 to 42. The estimated effect on wages is much larger than any indirect (imputed) estimate of the wage effect, and is large enough to pass a cost-benefit test.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2012:5.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 13 Feb 2012
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Publication status: Published as Fredriksson, Peter, Björn Öckert and Hessel OOsterbeek, 'Long-term effects of class size' in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013, pages 249-285.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2012_005

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Keywords: Class size; regression discontinuity; cognitive skills; non-cognitive skills; educational attainment; earnings;

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  1. Pekkarinen, Tuomas, 2012. "Gender Differences in Education," IZA Discussion Papers 6390, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Fredriksson, Peter & Öckert, Björn & Oosterbeek, Hessel, 2014. "Inside the Black Box of Class Size: Mechanisms, Behavioral Responses, and Social Background," IZA Discussion Papers 8019, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Cohen-Zada, Danny & Gradstein, Mark & Reuven, Ehud, 2013. "Allocation of students in public schools: Theory and new evidence," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 96-106.

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