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Economics of Education Review

August 2015 Volume 47, Number 1

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Number of articles: 12

  1. The role of maternal education in child health: Evidence from a compulsory schooling law

    Pınar Mine Güneş

    This paper explores the effect of maternal education on child health and the channels in which education operates by exploiting a change in the compulsory schooling law (CSL) in Turkey. In order to... More

    pp. 1-16

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  2. Dynamics of the black–white gap in academic achievement

    Ian K. McDonough

    The black–white test score gap remains a measurable phenomenon in the United States. Up to this point the literature has primarily focused on the black–white achievement gap without taking into... More

    pp. 17-33

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  3. Does computer-assisted learning improve learning outcomes? Evidence from a randomized experiment in migrant schools in Beijing

    Fang Lai, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, United States; Renfu Luo & Linxiu Zhang, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research; Xinzhe Huang, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2116 Social Sciences and Humanities, United States; Scott Rozelle, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, United States

    The education of the disadvantaged population has been a long-standing challenge to education systems in both developed and developing countries. Although computer-assisted learning (CAL) has been ... More

    pp. 34-48

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  4. The underutilized potential of teacher-to-parent communication: Evidence from a field experiment

    Matthew A. Kraft, Brown University, Box 1938, Providence, United States; Todd Rogers, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, United States

    Parental involvement is correlated with student performance, though the causal relationship is less well established. This experiment examined an intervention that delivered weekly one-sentence... More

    pp. 49-63

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  5. The role of paternal risk attitudes in long-run education outcomes and intergenerational mobility

    Mathias Huebener

    This paper studies the role of paternal risk attitudes in sons’ long-run education outcomes and in the intergenerational transmission of incomes and education. Based on 1984–2012 German Socio... More

    pp. 64-79

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  6. The impact of guaranteed tuition policies on postsecondary tuition levels: A difference-in-difference approach

    Jennifer A. Delaney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States; Tyler D. Kearney, Office of Planning and Budgeting, United States

    This study considers the impact of state-level guaranteed tuition programs on postsecondary tuition levels. The analytic framework argues that state-level laws requiring flat tuition rates for four... More

    pp. 80-99

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  7. The intergenerational transmission of schooling: Are mothers really less important than fathers?

    Vikesh Amin, Department of Economics, United States; Petter Lundborg, Department of Economics and Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University and IZA Lund University,, Sweden; Dan-Olof Rooth, Department of Economics at Linnaeus University, Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University, Sweden

    There is a “puzzle” in the literature on the intergenerational transmission of schooling, where twin studies emphasize the importance of fathers’ schooling, whereas IV-studies often emphasize the... More

    pp. 100-117

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  8. Determining student satisfaction: An economic analysis of the National Student Survey

    Pamela Lenton

    The UK National Student Survey (NSS) represents a major resource, never previously used in the economics literature, for understanding how the market signal of quality in higher education works. In... More

    pp. 118-127

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  9. The achievement and course-taking effects of magnet schools: Regression-discontinuity evidence from urban China

    Thomas Dee, Center for Education Policy Analysis, United States; Xiaohuan Lan, China Center for Economic Studies, China

    We examine the effects of attending elite magnet schools on the subsequent academic performance of high-school students in urban China. Using a novel data set of the students who entered high... More

    pp. 128-142

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  10. Towards an optimal teacher salary schedule: Designing base salary to attract and retain effective teachers

    Matthew D. Hendricks

    This study presents the literature’s first estimates of the effect of teacher pay on the distribution of experience among teachers hired by public school districts. Overall, a 1% increase in base... More

    pp. 143-167

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  11. Stay late or start early? Experimental evidence on the benefits of college matriculation support from high schools versus colleges

    Benjamin L. Castleman, University of Virginia, United States; Laura Owen, College of Education, United States; Lindsay C. Page, University of Pittsburgh School of Education, United States

    The summer melt and academic mismatch literatures have focused largely on college-ready, low-income students. Yet, a broader population of students may also benefit from additional support in... More

    pp. 168-179

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  12. Value-added modeling: A review

    Cory Koedel, Department of Economics and Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri-Columbia, United States; Kata Mihaly, RAND Corporation, United States; Jonah E. Rockoff, Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and National Bureau of Economic Research, United States

    This article reviews the literature on teacher value-added. Although value-added models have been used to measure the contributions of numerous inputs to educational production, their application... More

    pp. 180-195

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