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Causal effects of mathematics

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  • Torberg Falch

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Ole Henning Nyhus

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Center for Economic Research at NTNU)

  • Bjarne Strom

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

This paper exploits that students at age 16 in Norway are randomly selected into one compulsory exit exam in either mathematics or languages. A few days before the actual exam day, the students are notified about exam subject. The students have an intensive preparation period, and preparation in mathematics relative to languages is found to decrease dropout from high school, increase enrollment in higher education, and increase enrollment in natural science and technology education programs. The causal effects are strongest for males, and depend on prior skills in mathematics. We explore several mechanisms that might contribute to these findings.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 15013.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:15013

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Keywords: Mathematical training; Intervention; External exit examination; High school graduation; Higher education;

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