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Teaching Practices and Social Capital

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  • Algan, Yann

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    (Sciences Po, Paris)

  • Cahuc, Pierre

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    (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris)

  • Shleifer, Andrei

    ()
    (Harvard University)

Abstract

We use several data sets to consider the effect of teaching practices on student beliefs, as well as on organization of firms and institutions. In cross-country data, we show that teaching practices (such as copying from the board versus working on projects together) are strongly related to various dimensions of social capital, from beliefs in cooperation to institutional outcomes. We then use micro-data to investigate the influence of teaching practices on student beliefs about cooperation and students' involvement in civic life. A two-stage least square strategy provides evidence that teaching practices have an independent sizeable effect on student social capital. The relationship between teaching practices and student test performance is nonlinear. The evidence supports the idea that progressive education promotes social capital.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6052.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Publication status: published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, 5(3), 189-210
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6052

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Cited by:
  1. Juan Botero & Alejandro Ponce & Andrei Shleifer, 2012. "Education and the Quality of Government," NBER Working Papers 18119, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Fuchs-Schündeln, Nicola & Masella, Paolo, 2013. "Long-Lasting Effects of Socialist Education," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79865, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  3. Cantoni, Davide & Yuchtman, Noam, 2013. "The political economy of educational content and development: Lessons from history," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 233-244.
  4. Ljunge, Martin, 2014. "Social capital and political institutions: Evidence that democracy fosters trust," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 122(1), pages 44-49.
  5. Paolo Masella & Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, 2012. "Long-Lasting Effects of Socialist Education," 2012 Meeting Papers 1194, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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