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Class size effects: evidence using a new estimation technique

  • Kevin Denny

    (School of Economics, University College Dublin)

  • Veruska Oppedisano

    (Department of Economics, University College London)

This paper estimates the marginal effect of class size on educational attainment of high school students. We control for the potential endogeneity of class size in two ways using a conventional instrumental variable approach, based on changes in cohort size, and an alternative method where identification is based on restriction on higher moments. The data is drawn from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) collected in 2003 for the United States and the United Kingdom. Using either method or the two in conjunction leads to the conclusion that increases in class size lead to improvements in student’s mathematics scores. Only the results for the United Kingdom are statistically significant.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201051.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 02 Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:201051
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