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Economics of Education Review

June 2017 Volume 58, Number 1

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Number of articles: 12

  1. Compressing instruction time into fewer years of schooling and the impact on student performance

    Mathias Huebener & Jan Marcus, DIW Berlin, Germany

    Is it possible to compress instruction time into fewer school years without lowering education levels? A fundamental reform in Germany reduced the length of academic track schooling by one year,... More

    pp. 1-14

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  2. The impact of special needs students on classmate performance

    Nienke Ruijs

    Does the presence of special needs students in regular schools affect the academic achievement of their classmates? I examine this question in the context of primary and secondary education in the ... More

    pp. 15-31

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  3. The gender gap in mathematics achievement: Evidence from Italian data

    Dalit Contini & Maria Laura Di Tommaso, Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis, Italy; Silvia Mendolia, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Room 40.215, Australia

    Gender differences in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines are widespread in most OECD countries and mathematics is the only subject where girls tend to... More

    pp. 32-42

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  4. Putting dollars before scholars? Evidence from for-profit charter schools in Florida

    John D. Singleton

    This paper compares for- and non-profit management of charter schools in Florida using a unique dataset combining enrollment and student proficiency data with the annual independent financial... More

    pp. 43-54

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  5. Accountability pressure: Regression discontinuity estimates of how No Child Left Behind influenced student behavior

    John B. Holbein, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, United States; Helen F. Ladd, Sanford School of Public Policy, United States

    In this paper we examine how failing to make adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the accountability pressure that ensues, affects various non-achievement student... More

    pp. 55-67

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  6. The effects of class size in online college courses: Experimental evidence

    Eric Bettinger, Christopher Doss & Susanna Loeb, Stanford University, United States; Aaron Rogers, DeVry University, United States; Eric Taylor, Harvard University, United States

    Class size is a first-order consideration in the study of education cost and effectiveness. Yet little is known about the effects of class size on student outcomes in online college classes, even... More

    pp. 68-85

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  7. Effects of differentiated school vouchers: Evidence from a policy change and date of birth cutoffs

    Patricia Navarro-Palau

    This paper studies the effects of an increase in school choice by examining a 2008 reform that made the value of Chile’s (previously flat, universal) school voucher a step function of student... More

    pp. 86-107

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  8. Does temporary interruption in postsecondary education induce a wage penalty? Evidence from Canada

    Bernard Fortin & Safa Ragued, Department of Economics, Canada

    Almost 40% of Canadian youth who left postsecondary education in 1999 had returned two years later. This paper investigates the extent to which schooling discontinuities affect post-graduation... More

    pp. 108-122

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  9. The impact of an accountability intervention with diagnostic feedback: Evidence from Mexico

    Rafael de Hoyos, Lead Economist World Bank, United States; Vicente A. Garcia-Moreno, Director General for Productivity Analysis, Mexico; Harry Anthony Patrinos, Education Manager, United States

    The Mexican state of Colima implemented a low-stakes accountability intervention with diagnostic feedback among schools with the lowest test scores in the national assessment. A difference-in... More

    pp. 123-140

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  10. Objective course placement and college readiness: Evidence from targeted middle school math acceleration

    Shaun M. Dougherty, University of Connecticut, United States; Joshua S. Goodman, Harvard University, United States; Darryl V. Hill, Wake County Public Schools, United States; Erica G. Litke, University of Delaware, United States; Lindsay C. Page, University of Pittsburgh, United States

    Advanced math coursework can affect college and labor market outcomes, yet discretionary placement policies can lead to differential access at key points in the college preparatory pipeline. We... More

    pp. 141-161

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  11. College prospects and risky behavior among Mexican immigrant youth: The effects of in-state tuition policies on schooling and childbearing

    Shiva Koohi

    This paper examines how a reduction in the cost of college for undocumented students affects college enrollment and adolescent risky behaviors. Prior to 2001, undocumented students in the United... More

    pp. 162-174

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  12. The effect of adaptive versus static practicing on student learning - evidence from a randomized field experiment

    Chris van Klaveren, Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Center for Learning Analytics, Netherlands; Sebastiaan Vonk, Amsterdam School of Economics at University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Ilja Cornelisz, Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Center for Learning Analytics, Netherlands

    Schools and governments are increasingly investing in adaptive practice software. To date, the evidence whether adaptivity improves learning outcomes is limited and mixed. A large-scale randomized ... More

    pp. 175-187

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