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Catholic School Effectiveness in Australia: A Reassessment Using Selection on Observed and Unobserved Variables

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  • Buly A. Cardak

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    (School Economics, La Trobe University)

  • Joe Vecci

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    (School of Economics, Monash University)

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This paper provides new estimates of the effect of Catholic school attendance on high schoolcompletion and university commencement and completion for Australian students. First, an instrumental variables approach is adopted where the probability of Catholic affiliation is used as an instrument. Consistent with the recent US literature, results based on this instrument are mixed. Instead, bounds are placed on the Catholic school effect using the assumption of equality between selection on observables and unobservables. The effect of Catholic school attendance is found to be smaller than previous results and negative treatment effects cannot be ruled out. Recent improvements in public school outcomes may have contributed to the smaller Catholic school effects.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, La Trobe University in its series Working Papers with number 2013.05.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:trb:wpaper:2013.05

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Keywords: Catholic Schools; High School Completion; University Attendance; Selection Bias;

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  1. Buly A. Cardak & Joe Vecci, 2013. "Catholic School Effectiveness in Australia: A Reassessment Using Selection on Observed and Unobserved Variables," Working Papers 2013.05, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  2. Nilhil Jha & Cain Polidano, 2013. "Long-Run Effects of Catholic Schooling on Wages," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2013n39, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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