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The estimated effect of Catholic schooling on educational outcomes using propensity score matching

  • A N Nguyen
  • J Taylor
  • S Bradley

Attendance at Catholic high schools is estimated to improve math test scores and to increase high school graduation rates and enrolment in 4-year college. Propensity score matching methods are used to obtain these estimated effects, based on data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study. Since selection into Catholic schools is non-random, matching methods help to overcome the problem of choosing instruments for identifying the Catholic school effect on educational outcomes. The difference-in-differences approach is used on test score data in order to control for fixed unobservable influences on outcomes.

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Paper provided by Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department in its series Working Papers with number 565730.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:lan:wpaper:565730
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