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Choosing Between School Systems

  • Volker Meier


Hierarchical and comprehensive school systems are compared with respect to efficiency. At given ability, a student?s probability of not completing school rises with increasing mean ability in class. Both school systems can yield identical average failure rates. Given that output losses in case of failure are stronger for more talented students, the comprehensive school system will generally lead to a higher total income.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 389.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_389
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