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Disaggregating Education Production

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  • Steven Dickey

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  • Robert Houston Jr.

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A particular weakness of the education production function literature is that production is measured after a long series of treatments have been administered and reflects the effects of aggregation. This study meets a need to extend the perspective of this literature to a disaggregated view. We directed our inquiry toward a traditional set of production stages: the reading assignment, the lecture, after the lecture study and preparation for the exam. Our experimental design was constructed to measure student performance before and after each stage of production. We found that production varied significantly across stages. The reading assignment and lecture stages were productive. The post lecture stage exhibited negative but insignificant productivity. The test preparation stage also exhibited negligible productivity. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2009

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  • Steven Dickey & Robert Houston Jr., 2009. "Disaggregating Education Production," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 37(2), pages 135-144, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:37:y:2009:i:2:p:135-144
    DOI: 10.1007/s11293-009-9171-0
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    Keywords

    Education production functions; Student effort; A22; C52; D24; I21;

    JEL classification:

    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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