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Sources of Immigrants' Underachievement: Results from PISA—Copenhagen


  • Beatrice Schindler Rangvid


This study examines potential sources of the immigrant-native test score gap using data from the recently released PISA replicate study for Copenhagen (Denmark). It is shown that even in a school system that is successfully equalizing endowments of traditional resources across schools attended by native and immigrant students, differences in other school inputs remain. Especially, the culture of achievement appears less well developed at schools attended by immigrant students (even though general teacher support is at similar levels), and also the peer composition and the provision of specialized teachers is less favourable. These results point at several relevant policy recommandations.

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  • Beatrice Schindler Rangvid, 2007. "Sources of Immigrants' Underachievement: Results from PISA—Copenhagen," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(3), pages 293-326.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:15:y:2007:i:3:p:293-326 DOI: 10.1080/09645290701273558

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    1. Maria Cattaneo & Stefan Wolter, 2015. "Better migrants, better PISA results: Findings from a natural experiment," IZA Journal of Migration, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 4(1), pages 1-19, December.
    2. Giannelli, Gianna Claudia & Rapallini, Chiara, 2016. "Immigrant student performance in Math: Does it matter where you come from?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 291-304.
    3. Jensen, Peter & Rasmussen, Astrid Würtz, 2011. "The effect of immigrant concentration in schools on native and immigrant children's reading and math skills," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(6), pages 1503-1515.
    4. Meunier, Muriel, 2011. "Immigration and student achievement: Evidence from Switzerland," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 16-38, February.


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