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Class size, teacher hours and educational attainment

  • Martin Browning

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Eskil Heinesen

    (Institute of Local Government Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark)

We employ a regression-discontinuity design to identify effects on educational attainment (years of education) of class size and the number of pupils per weekly teacher hour using administrative rules as instruments. We use a Danish administrative panel data set based on a 10% random sample of eight cohorts of pupils (and their parents). Restricting the sample to observations close to enrollment discontinuity points, instrumental variables estimates are consistently negative. Although the estimates are not very precisely determined, the point estimates indicate rather large positive effects of reducing class size, and especially of reducing the number of pupils per teacher hour.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Applied Microeconometrics in its series CAM Working Papers with number 2003-15.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: May 2003
Date of revision: Jun 2005
Handle: RePEc:kud:kuieca:2003_15
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