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Are There Any Class Size Effects On Early Career Earnings In West Germany?

  • Hans J. Baumgartner

    (DIW Berlin)

This paper analyses the effect of school quality on early career earnings. Using confidential district level information from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), it is demonstrated that class size has no discernible effect on early career earnings. This finding is robust to changes in specification and the choice of sub-samples. The economic literature focused so far mainly on the US and the UK. This paper confirms this literature and adds new evidence to the growing literature on this issue from Germany.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 12 May 2003
Date of revision: 05 Nov 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwphe:0305004
Note: Type of Document - pdf; prepared on MS Word => pdf; pages: 21 ; figures: included
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