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Economics of Education Review

October 2016 Volume 54, Number 1

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Number of articles: 19

  1. The educational consequences of language proficiency for young children

    Yuxin Yao, Asako Ohinata & Jan C. van Ours, Department of Economics

    Our paper studies the educational consequences of language proficiency by investigating the relationship between dialect-speaking and academic performance of 5–6 year old children in the... More

    pp. 1-15

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  2. The effects of compulsory military service exemption on education and labor market outcomes: Evidence from a natural experiment

    Huzeyfe Torun & Semih Tumen, Research and Monetary Policy Department, Turkey

    Based on a law enacted in November 1999, males born on or before December 31st 1972 are given the option to benefit from a paid exemption from compulsory military service in Turkey. Exploiting this... More

    pp. 16-35

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  3. Time preferences, study effort, and academic performance

    Arjan Non, Research Centre for Education and the Labor Market (ROA); Dirk Tempelaar, School of Business and Economics

    We analyze the relation between time preferences, study effort, and academic performance among first-year business and economics students. Time preferences are measured by stated preferences for an... More

    pp. 36-61

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  4. Good peers or good teachers? Evidence from a French University

    Thibault Brodaty, ERUDITE, France; Marc Gurgand, Paris School of Economics (CNRS), France

    Using a quasi-random allocation of students to classes in a French university, we are able to estimate peer effects and teacher effects, with a specific attention to non-linear peer effects. We... More

    pp. 62-78

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  5. Gender, ethnicity and teaching evaluations: Evidence from mixed teaching teams

    Natascha Wagner, Matthias Rieger & Katherine Voorvelt

    This paper studies the effect of teacher gender and ethnicity on student evaluations of teaching at university. We analyze a unique data-set featuring mixed teaching teams and a diverse,... More

    pp. 79-94

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  6. Improving academic performance through conditional benefits: Open/closed campus policies in high school and student outcomes

    Shirlee Lichtman-Sadot

    Open campus privileges in high schools can be conditional on students’ academic (GPA, test scores, etc.) or behavioral (absences, probation, etc.) performance. I evaluate the effectiveness of this ... More

    pp. 95-112

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  7. The role of testing noise in the estimation of achievement-based peer effects

    Hongliang Zhang

    I demonstrate that in the value-added estimation of peer effects using lagged peer achievement, testing noise may generate another bias in addition to the well-known attenuation bias. Such a bias, ... More

    pp. 113-123

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  8. Does access to secondary education affect primary schooling? Evidence from India

    Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay & Soham Sahoo

    This paper investigates if better access to secondary education increases enrollment in primary schools among children in the 6–10 age group. Using a household level longitudinal survey in a poor... More

    pp. 124-142

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  9. The importance of family income in the formation and evolution of non-cognitive skills in childhood

    Jason M. Fletcher & Barbara Wolfe

    Little is known about the relationship between family income and children's non-cognitive (or socio-emotional) skill formation. This is an important gap, as these skills have been hypothesized to... More

    pp. 143-154

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  10. Post-baccalaureate migration and merit-based scholarships

    Maria D. Fitzpatrick, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, United States; Damon Jones, University of Chicago and NBER, United States

    For policymakers aiming to alter the migratory patterns of skilled labor, one potential tool involves subsidizing higher education. We present new evidence on the effects of merit aid scholarship... More

    pp. 155-172

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  11. Unintended consequences of rewards for student attendance: Results from a field experiment in Indian classrooms

    Sujata Visaria, Department of Economics, Lee Shau Kee Business Building, Hong Kong; Rajeev Dehejia, Wagner School of Public Policy, United States; Melody M. Chao, Department of Management, Lee Shau Kee Business Building, Room 5072, Hong Kong; Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Department of Marketing, Lee Shau Kee Business Building, Room 4002, Hong Kong

    In an experiment in non-formal schools in Indian slums, a reward scheme for attending a target number of school days increased average attendance when the scheme was in place, but had heterogeneous... More

    pp. 173-184

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  12. Gender-differential effects of terrorism on education: The case of the 1981–1993 Punjab insurgency

    Prakarsh Singh, Department of Economics; Olga N. Shemyakina, School of Economics, United States

    This study examines the long-run effect of the 1981–1993 Punjab insurgency on the educational attainment of adults who were ages 6–16 at the time, using the 2005 India Human Development Survey. We ... More

    pp. 185-210

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  13. Crime, compulsory schooling laws and education

    Brian Bell, Rui Costa & Stephen Machin, Department of Economics, United Kingdom

    Do compulsory schooling laws reduce crime? Previous evidence for the US from the 1960s and 1970s suggests they do, primarily working through their effect on educational attainment to generate a... More

    pp. 214-226

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  14. The effect of school starting age policy on crime: Evidence from U.S. microdata

    John M. McAdams

    Does school starting age policy have an impact on the propensity of individuals to commit crime as adults? Using microdata from the U.S. Census, we find that a higher school starting age cutoff... More

    pp. 227-241

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  15. Returns to education in criminal organizations: Did going to college help Michael Corleone?

    Nadia Campaniello, Rowena Gray & Giovanni Mastrobuoni, Department of Economics, United Kingdom

    Is there any return to education in criminal activities? This paper is one of the first to investigate whether education has not only a positive impact on legitimate, but also on illegitimate... More

    pp. 242-258

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  16. The effect of degree attainment on arrests: Evidence from a randomized social experiment

    Vikesh Amin & Carlos A. Flores, Department of Economics, United States; Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Department of Economics and Center for Policy Research, United States; Daniel J. Parisian, Department of Economics, United States

    We examine the effect of educational attainment on criminal behavior using random assignment into Job Corps (JC)—the United States’ largest education and vocational training program for... More

    pp. 259-273

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  17. Separating state dependence, experience, and heterogeneity in a model of youth crime and education

    Maria Antonella Mancino, Salvador Navarro & David A. Rivers

    We study the determinants of youth crime using a dynamic discrete choice model of crime and education. We allow past education and criminal activities to affect current crime and educational... More

    pp. 274-305

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  18. Spillovers from conditional cash transfer programs: Bolsa Família and crime in urban Brazil

    Laura Chioda, World Bank; João M.P. De Mello, Insper; Rodrigo R. Soares, Sao Paulo School of Economics – FGV and IZA,

    This paper investigates the impact of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs on crime. Making use of a unique dataset combining detailed school characteristics with geo-referenced crime... More

    pp. 306-320

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  19. Causal effects of mental health treatment on education outcomes for youth in the justice system

    Alison Cuellar, George Mason University and NBER; Dhaval M. Dave, Bentley University and NBER

    This study assesses whether mental health interventions can improve academic outcomes for justice-involved youth. Only a limited number of studies have linked justice policies to outcomes beyond... More

    pp. 321-339

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