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Economics of Education Review

December 2016 Volume 55, Number 1

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Number of articles: 14

  1. Motivation and incentives in education: Evidence from a summer reading experiment

    Jonathan Guryan, Northwestern University; James S. Kim, Harvard University; Kyung H. Park, Wellesley College, United States

    Policymakers and economists have expressed support for the use of incentives in educational settings. In this paper, rather than asking whether incentives work, we focus on a different question:... More

    pp. 1-20

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  2. Does learning in mother tongue matter? Evidence from a natural experiment in Ethiopia

    Yared Seid

    This paper offers empirical evidence on whether learning in mother tongue improves educational outcomes in primary school. We exploit the variation in changes in medium of instruction across... More

    pp. 21-38

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  3. Should we increase instruction time in low achieving schools? Evidence from Southern Italy

    Erich Battistin, School of Economics and Finance, United Kingdom; Elena Claudia Meroni, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy

    This paper investigates the short term effects of a large scale intervention, funded by the European Social Fund, which provides additional instruction time to selected classes of lower secondary... More

    pp. 39-56

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  4. The effect of supplemental instruction on academic performance: An encouragement design experiment

    Alfredo R. Paloyo, Sally Rogan & Peter Siminski, Centre for Human and Social Capital Research (CHSCR)

    Supplemental Instruction (SI) or PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) has been widely offered to students at tertiary institutions in many countries with the aim of improving academic performance.... More

    pp. 57-69

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  5. Assessing the effect of school days and absences on test score performance

    Esteban M. Aucejo, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University & CEP; Teresa Foy Romano, Department of Economics, Goucher College, United States

    While instructional time is viewed as crucial to learning, little is known about the effectiveness of reducing absences relative to increasing the number of school days. Using administrative data... More

    pp. 70-87

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  6. The effect of the business cycle at college graduation on fertility

    Barbara Hofmann & Katrin Hohmeyer

    Many studies show that fertility decreases as economic conditions worsen. Evidence on socio-economic subgroups is sparse. We investigate whether a downturn at college graduation affects subsequent ... More

    pp. 88-102

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  7. Title IX and the education of teen mothers

    Melanie Guldi

    Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments to the Civil Rights Act (Title IX) made it illegal for an institution receiving Federal funding to exclude pregnant/parenting teens from the classroom.... More

    pp. 103-116

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  8. Fully integrating upper-secondary vocational and academic courses: A flexible new way?

    Cain Polidano, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Australia; Domenico Tabasso, Geneva School of Economics and Management

    The tracking of students in upper-secondary school is often criticised for narrowing the post-secondary pathways of student in the vocational education and training (VET) track, which can... More

    pp. 117-131

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  9. Dynamic effects of teacher turnover on the quality of instruction

    Eric A. Hanushek, Hoover Institution/Stanford University; Steven G. Rivkin, Department of Economics/University of Illinois at Chicago, United States; Jeffrey C. Schiman, Department of Economics/Georgia Southern University, United States

    It is widely believed that teacher turnover adversely affects the quality of instruction in urban schools serving predominantly disadvantaged children, and a growing body of research investigates... More

    pp. 132-148

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  10. Do educational vouchers reduce inequality and inefficiency in education?

    Metin Akyol

    Policy debates around the topic of educational vouchers as an approach to improve the public educational system are still ongoing and a consensus on the potential benefits or drawbacks has not been... More

    pp. 149-167

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  11. The impact of universal prekindergarten on family behavior and child outcomes

    Elise Chor, Institute for Policy Research, United States; Martin Eckhoff Andresen, Department of Economics, Norway; Ariel Kalil, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, United States

    We measure the impact of universal prekindergarten for four-year-olds by exploiting a natural experiment in which the Australian state of Queensland eliminated its public prekindergarten program in... More

    pp. 168-181

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  12. Nearly-efficient tuitions and subsidies in American public higher education

    Samuel Burer, Professor of Management Sciences, Tippie College of Business, United States; Gary Fethke, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Management Sciences, Tippie College of Business, United States

    A two-stage setting for determining subsidies and tuitions in a public university context is developed where fixed costs introduce an efficiency-enhancing role for taxpayer-financed appropriations.... More

    pp. 182-197

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  13. Doing it twice, getting it right? The effects of grade retention and course repetition in higher education

    Darjusch Tafreschi, GIZ, Germany; Petra Thiemann, USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking and Department of Economics, United States

    Many students who enter college are insufficiently prepared to follow a demanding college-level curriculum. Thus, higher education institutions often require low-performing students to repeat... More

    pp. 198-219

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  14. Measuring inflation in grades: An application of price indexing to undergraduate grades

    Rey Hernández-Julián, Metropolitan State University of Denver, United States; Adam Looney, The Brookings Institution, United States

    Rising average grades at American universities have prompted fears of “grade inflation.” This paper applies the methods used to estimate price inflation to examine the causes of rising grades. We... More

    pp. 220-232

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