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Homework assignment and student achievement in OECD countries

  • Torberg Falch

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Marte Rønning

By using data from 16 OECD countries who participated in TIMSS 2007, this paper analyzes the effect of assigning homework on student achievement. The identification rests on within-student variation in homework across subjects in a sample of students who have the same teacher in both mathematics and science. Unobserved teacher and student characteristics are conditioned out of the model by applying a difference-in-difference approach. We find a modest, but statistically significant effect of homework.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 11411.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 04 May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:11411
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