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On Estimating Achievement Dynamic Models from Repeated Cross-Sections

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  • Contini, Dalit

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  • Grand, Elisa

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    Despite the increasing spread of standardized assessments of student learning, longitudinal achievement data are still lacking in many countries. This article raises the following question: can we exploit cross-sectional assessments held at different schooling stages to evaluate how achievement inequalities related to individual ascribed characteristics develop over time? We discuss the issues involved in estimating dynamic models from repeated cross-sectional surveys and, consistently with a simple learning accumulation model, we propose an imputed regression strategy that allows to “link” two surveys and deliver consistent estimates of the parameters of interest. We then apply the model to Italian achiev ement data of 5th and 6th graders and investigate how inequalities develop between primary and lower secondary school.

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    Paper provided by University of Turin in its series Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers with number 201343.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:uto:dipeco:201343

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    1. Gianfranco DE SIMONE, 2012. "Render unto primary the things which are primary's. Inherited and fresh learning divides in Italian lower secondary education," Departmental Working Papers 2012-14, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
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