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Causal effects of mathematics

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  • Torberg Falch

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

  • Ole Henning Nyhus

    () (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Center for Economic Research at NTNU)

  • Bjarne Strom

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

Abstract

This paper exploits that students at age 16 in Norway are randomly selected into one compulsory exit exam in either mathematics or languages. A few days before the actual exam day, the students are notified about exam subject. The students have an intensive preparation period, and preparation in mathematics relative to languages is found to decrease dropout from high school, increase enrollment in higher education, and increase enrollment in natural science and technology education programs. The causal effects are strongest for males, and depend on prior skills in mathematics. We explore several mechanisms that might contribute to these findings.

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  • Torberg Falch & Ole Henning Nyhus & Bjarne Strom, 2013. "Causal effects of mathematics," Working Paper Series 15013, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  • Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:15013
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    Keywords

    Mathematical training; Intervention; External exit examination; High school graduation; Higher education;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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