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Does Class Size Matter in Postgraduate Education?

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  • Gaggero, Alessio

    (Universidad de Granada)

  • Haile, Getinet Astatike

    (University of Nottingham)

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The paper examines the impact of class size on postgraduate grades using administrative data from one of the largest Schools of a Russell Group University in the UK. As well as estimating Fixed Effects models on the population of postgraduate candidates in the School, we exploit a policy change aimed at reducing class size to implement a regression discontinuity design (RDD). We find that class size does impact grades adversely overall; and the policy aimed at reducing class size impacts grades favourably. Our findings are robust to alternative specifications as well as being supported by the validity tests we conducted.

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  • Gaggero, Alessio & Haile, Getinet Astatike, 2019. "Does Class Size Matter in Postgraduate Education?," IZA Discussion Papers 12628, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    grades; class size; higher education; RDD;
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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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