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Are We Wasting Our Children's Time by Giving Them More Homework?

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  • Eren, Ozkan

    () (Louisiana State University)

  • Henderson, Daniel J.

    () (University of Alabama)

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Following an identification strategy that allows us to largely eliminate unobserved student and teacher traits, we examine the effect of homework on math, science, English and history test scores for eighth grade students in the United States. Noting that failure to control for these effects yields selection biases on the estimated effect of homework, we find that math homework has a large and statistically meaningful effect on math test scores throughout our sample. However, additional homework in science, English and history are shown to have little to no impact on their respective test scores.

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  • Eren, Ozkan & Henderson, Daniel J., 2011. "Are We Wasting Our Children's Time by Giving Them More Homework?," IZA Discussion Papers 5547, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Pabilonia, Sabrina Wulff, 2015. "Children's Media Use and Homework Time," IZA Discussion Papers 9126, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Kuehn Zoë & Landeras Pedro, 2014. "The Effect of Family Background on Student Effort," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 14(4), pages 1-67, October.
    3. Torberg Falch & Marte Rønning, 2011. "Homework assignment and student achievement in OECD countries," Working Paper Series 11411, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
    4. Kuehn, Zoe & Landeras, Pedro, 2012. "Study Time and Scholarly Achievement in PISA," Working Papers 2012-02, FEDEA.
    5. Carlos Cortinhas, 2017. "Does formative feedback help or hinder students? An empirical investigation," Discussion Papers 1701, Exeter University, Department of Economics.
    6. Debra Shepherd, 2015. "Learn to teach, teach to learn: A within-pupil across-subject approach to estimating the impact of teacher subject knowledge on South African grade 6 performance," Working Papers 01/2015, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.

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    first differencing; unobserved traits; instrumental variable; selection bias; homework;

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    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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