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Administrative Data and Economic Policy Evaluation

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  • Lorraine Dearden

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE; Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, UK.)

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This paper looks at the strengths and weaknesses of using administrative data for economic policy evaluation. It does this by looking at how school administrative data has been used to assess school effectiveness and the impact of month of birth on educational outcomes with varying degrees of success. It concludes that if there is some natural experiment in the way the education is delivered or an education initiative is introduced, then schools’ administrative data offers the opportunity of answering questions of extreme policy interest in a robust way – even without rich background information on the students and their families.

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  • Lorraine Dearden, 2010. "Administrative Data and Economic Policy Evaluation," DoQSS Working Papers 10-14, Department of Quantitative Social Science - UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
  • Handle: RePEc:qss:dqsswp:1014
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    Keywords

    administrative data; evaluation methods; school league tables; month of birth; natural experiment;

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    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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