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Home versus School Learning: A New Approach to Estimating the Effect of Class Size on Achievement

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  • Lindahl, Mikael

    () (University of Gothenburg)

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I estimate the effect of class size on scholastic achievement using that schools are only in session during the school year and out of session during the summer. This seasonal feature of the schooling system makes it possible to control for unobservable pupil characteristics affecting both the level and change in achievement. Using Swedish data, I find that smaller classes generate higher achievement. A comparison with the results from applying the same data to the widely used value-added model is also made.

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  • Lindahl, Mikael, 2001. "Home versus School Learning: A New Approach to Estimating the Effect of Class Size on Achievement," IZA Discussion Papers 261, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp261
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    1. Andersson, Christian, 2007. "Teacher density and student achievement in Swedish compulsory schools," Working Paper Series 2007:4, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
    2. Katarina Nordblom, 2001. "Within-the-family education and its impact on equality," Public Economics 0105004, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    difference-in-differences; summer learning; school-year learning; Class size; value-added model;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education

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