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Can Raising Instructional Time Crowd Out Student Pro-Social Behaviour? Evidence From Germany

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  • Christian Krekel

    (LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science, PJSE - Paris Jourdan Sciences Economiques - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

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We study whether raising instructional time can crowd out student pro-social behaviour. To this end, we exploit a large educational reform in Germany that has raised weekly instructional hours for high school students by 12.5% as a quasi-natural experiment. Using a difference-in-differences design, we find that this rise has a negative and sizeable effect on volunteering, both at the intensive and at the extensive margin. It also affects political interest. There is no similar crowding out of scholastic involvement, but no substitution either. Impacts seem to be driven by a reduction in available leisure time as opposed to a rise in intensity of instruction, and to be temporary only. Robustness checks, including placebo tests and triple differencing, confirm our results.

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  • Christian Krekel, 2017. "Can Raising Instructional Time Crowd Out Student Pro-Social Behaviour? Evidence From Germany," PSE Working Papers halshs-01578364, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:psewpa:halshs-01578364
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    1. Akar, Betul & Akyol, Pelin & Okten, Cagla, 2019. "Education and Prosocial Behavior: Evidence from Time Use Survey," IZA Discussion Papers 12558, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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    Instructional Time; Student Pro-Social Behaviour; Volunteering; Scholastic Involvement; Political Interest; Quasi-Natural Experiment; G8 Reform; SOEP;

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