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Economics of Education Review

August 2017 Volume 59, Number 1

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Number of articles: 7

  1. Is education the mechanism through which family background affects economic outcomes? A generalised approach to mediation analysis

    Silvia Mendolia & Peter Siminski, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Australia

    We seek to quantify the role of education as a mechanism through which family background affects economic outcomes. To this end, we generalise mediation analysis to allow for multidimensional... More

    pp. 1-12

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  2. Impacts of new school facility construction: An analysis of a state-financed capital subsidy program in Ohio

    Michael Conlin & Paul N. Thompson, Department of Economics, United States

    This paper analyzes Ohio’s capital subsidy program which distributed over $10B for school construction in 231 school districts between 1997 and 2011. Using an instrumental variables estimation, we ... More

    pp. 13-28

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  3. Acculturational homophily

    Dafeng Xu

    Economists have long recognized the influence of friends on various outcomes among immigrants, and also observed the benefit of acculturation. This paper lies at the intersection of the above two... More

    pp. 29-42

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  4. Shying away from demanding tasks? Experimental evidence on gender differences in answering multiple-choice questions

    Gerhard Riener & Valentin Wagner

    Access to higher education is one important prerequisite for later employment possibilities. Often access is regulated inter alia by multiple-choice entrance exams. The application of this testing ... More

    pp. 43-62

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  5. Short-term impacts of an unconditional cash transfer program on child schooling: Experimental evidence from Malawi

    Kelly Kilburn & Sudhanshu Handa, Department of Public Policy, United States; Gustavo Angeles, Department of Maternal and Child Health, United States; Peter Mvula & Maxton Tsoka, Centre for Social Research, Malawi

    This study analyzes the impact of a positive income shock on child schooling outcomes using experimental data from an unconditional cash transfer program in Malawi. Since households receive the... More

    pp. 63-80

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  6. Do learning rates differ by race/ethnicity over kindergarten? Reconciling results across gain score, first-difference, and random effects models

    David M. Quinn, Rossier School of Education, United States; Joe McIntyre, Harvard Graduate School of Education, United States

    The question of whether students’ school-year learning rates differ by race/ethnicity is important for monitoring educational inequality. Researchers applying different modeling strategies to the... More

    pp. 81-86

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  7. Academic salary compression across disciplines and over time

    James B. McDonald, Department of Economics Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Jeff Sorensen, Department of Economics University of California

    Academic salary compression occurs when professors of lower professorial rank earn salaries close to—or even higher than—salaries of more senior faculty. We present a modified maximum likelihood... More

    pp. 87-104

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