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Economics of Education Review

April 2017 Volume 57, Number 1

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Number of articles: 9

  1. Risk-sharing and student loan policy: Consequences for students and institutions

    Douglas A. Webber

    This paper examines the potential costs and benefits associated with a risk-sharing policy imposed on all higher education institutions. Under such a program, institutions would be required to pay ... More

    pp. 1-9

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  2. The effects of computers on children's social development and school participation: Evidence from a randomized control experiment

    Robert W. Fairlie, University of California, United States; Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago, U.S.A

    Concerns over the perceived negative impacts of computers on social development among children are prevalent but largely uninformed by plausibly causal evidence. We provide the first test of this... More

    pp. 10-19

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  3. Workload and teacher absence

    Ben Ost, Department of Economics, United States; Jeffrey C. Schiman, Department of Finance and Economics, United States

    We investigate the determinants of teacher absences both within and across schools. We find that teachers generally respond to increased workload by decreasing their rate of absence. Teachers are... More

    pp. 20-30

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  4. State affirmative action bans and STEM degree completions

    Andrew J. Hill

    This paper investigates the effect of statewide affirmative action bans on minority STEM degree completions at US public four-year colleges. The number of minority students completing STEM degrees ... More

    pp. 31-40

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  5. The effects of Greek affiliation on academic performance

    Andrew De Donato, Duke University, United States; James Thomas, Yale University, United States

    We use a difference-in-differences approach to estimate the effects of Greek affiliation on academic performance. There are strong negative effects in some periods but smaller effects in others:... More

    pp. 41-51

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  6. The effect of choice options in training curricula on the demand for and supply of apprentices

    Anika Jansen, BIBB, Germany; Andries de Grip, ROA/Department of Economics; Ben Kriechel, ERC, Economix Research & Consulting, Lindwurmstraße 9, Germany

    Building on Lazear's skill weights approach, we study the effect of having more or less heterogeneity in the training curriculum on the demand for and supply of apprentices. Modernizations of... More

    pp. 52-65

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  7. Computers and productivity: Evidence from laptop use in the college classroom

    Richard W. Patterson, Department of Social Sciences, United States; Robert M. Patterson, Department of Finance, United States

    This paper evaluates the effect of classroom computer use on academic performance. Using a quasi-experimental design and administrative data, we find that computer use in college classrooms has a... More

    pp. 66-79

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  8. Knowledge of earnings risk and major choice: Evidence from an information experiment

    Alexander I. Ruder, Department of Political Science, United States; Michelle Van Noy, Education and Employment Research Center in the School of Management and Labor Relations, United States

    Policymakers increasingly seek to inform students about the expected economic returns to different college majors. Less attention has been given to the earnings risk of major choice. In this paper,... More

    pp. 80-90

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  9. The academic progress of Hispanic immigrants

    Marie C. Hull

    Past research has shown that Hispanic students make test score gains relative to whites as they age through school; however, this finding stands in contrast to the experience of blacks, who show... More

    pp. 91-110

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