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Aggregation and the Estimated Effects of School Resources

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  • Hanushek, E-A
  • Rivkin, S-G
  • Taylor, L-L

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This paper attempts to reconcile the contradictory findings in the dabate over school resources and school effectiveness by highlighting the role of aggregation in the presence of omitted variables bias. While data aggregation for well-specified linear models yields unbiased parameter estimates, aggregation alters the magnitude of any omitted variables bias.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 397.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:397

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Postal: University of Rochester, Center for Economic Research, Department of Economics, Harkness 231 Rochester, New York 14627 U.S.A.

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Keywords: EDUCATION ; EDUCATIONAL COSTS ; EDUCATIONAL FINANCING;

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