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Parochial Schools and Student Achievement: Findings for Older Adults

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The effects of parochial schooling on high school graduation rates for older adults in the United States is estimated. Particular attention is given to the possible effects of selection bias on the estimates. It is shown that, although there is a positive correlation between parochial school attendance and the probability of graduating from high school, there is no causal effect.

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  • William Sander, 2000. "Parochial Schools and Student Achievement: Findings for Older Adults," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(3), pages 259-268.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:8:y:2000:i:3:p:259-268
    DOI: 10.1080/096452900750046751
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    1. Danny Cohen Zada, 2007. "An Alternative Instrument for Private School Competition," Working Papers 0705, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Economics.

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