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Economics of Education Review

February 2018 Volume 62, Number 1

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Number of articles: 22

  1. General versus vocational education: Lessons from a quasi-experiment in Croatia

    Ivan Zilic, The Institute of Economics, Croatia

    This paper identifies the causal effect an educational reform implemented in Croatia in 1975/76 and 1977/78 had on educational and labor market outcomes. High-school education was split into two... More

    pp. 1-11

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  2. Class meeting frequency, start times, and academic performance

    Chad Cotti, University of Wisconsin; John Gordanier & Orgul Ozturk, University of South Carolina, United States

    This paper examines the relationship between the start time and meeting frequency of college courses and the academic performance of students. Using administrative data from a large public... More

    pp. 12-15

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  3. Competencies, occupational status, and earnings among European university graduates

    Maite Blázquez, Ainhoa Herrarte & Raquel Llorente-Heras

    While the effect of education and experience on labour market outcomes has been widely studied, the literature that analyses the influence of human capital competencies (talents, skills, and... More

    pp. 16-34

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  4. Do single-sex schools enhance students’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outcomes?

    Hyunjoon Park, Korea Foundation Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, United States; Jere R. Behrman, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics and Sociology, Department of Economics and Sociology, United States; Jaesung Choi, Department of Global Economics, Korea (South)

    In many countries, males currently lag behind females in schooling attainment but females are still underrepresented in STEM studies. This pattern has raised renewed interest in the potential of... More

    pp. 35-47

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  5. The common core conundrum: To what extent should we worry that changes to assessments will affect test-based measures of teacher performance?

    Ben Backes, James Cowan & Dan Goldhaber, American Institutes for Research; Cory Koedel, University of Missouri; Luke C. Miller, University of Virginia; Zeyu Xu, American Institutes for Research

    Policies that require the use of information about student achievement to evaluate teacher performance are becoming increasingly common across the United States, but there is some question as to... More

    pp. 48-65

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  6. Smart but unhappy: Independent-school competition and the wellbeing-efficiency trade-off in education

    Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren, Department of Social Policy and Centre for Economic Performance, United Kingdom

    We study whether independent-school competition involves a trade-off between pupil wellbeing and academic performance. To test this hypothesis, we analyse data covering pupils across the OECD,... More

    pp. 66-81

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  7. Does learning trigger learning throughout adulthood? Evidence from training participation of the employed population

    Anica Kramer & Marcus Tamm, RWI, Germany

    Individuals with more years of education generally acquire more training later on in life. Such a relationship may be due to skills learned in early periods increasing returns to educational... More

    pp. 82-90

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  8. Does choice increase information? Evidence from online school search behavior

    Michael F. Lovenheim, Cornell University and NBER, United States; Patrick Walsh, St. Michael's College, United States

    We examine whether changes in the local school choice environment affect the amount of information parents collect about local school quality, using data on over 100 million searches from... More

    pp. 91-103

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  9. Short and long-term impacts of an increase in graduate funding

    Vincent Chandler

    This paper studies the short- and long-term impacts of an increase in merit-based scholarships with a novel data set containing 1114 recipients from the 2004 and 2005 doctoral competitions of the... More

    pp. 104-112

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  10. A classroom experiment on effort allocation under relative grading

    Andy Brownback

    Grading on the curve is a form of relative evaluation similar to an all-pay auction or rank-order tournament. When students are drawn from a population distribution into a class, their realized... More

    pp. 113-128

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  11. TAKS-ing students? Texas exit exam effects on human capital formation

    Chester Polson

    High-stakes exit exams are pervasive in the American education system and have the ability to affect students far beyond their earned scores. This paper considers how exit exams in Texas affect... More

    pp. 129-150

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  12. Nudging study habits: A field experiment on peer tutoring in higher education

    Todd Pugatch, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy, United States; Nicholas Wilson, The White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and Department of Economics, United States

    More than two of every five students who enroll in college fail to graduate within six years. Peer tutoring offers one approach to improve learning outcomes in higher education. We conducted a... More

    pp. 151-161

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  13. School spirit: Exploring the long-term effects of the U.S. temperance movement on educational attainment

    Andrew Francis-Tan, Emory University, United States; Cheryl Tan, Rollins School of Public Health, United States; Ruhan Zhang, Department of Statistics, United States

    This study examines the long-term consequences of the U.S. temperance movement, one of the largest-scale policy changes impacting alcohol consumption in history. Using a sample of persons born... More

    pp. 162-169

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  14. Thrivers and divers: Using non-academic measures to predict college success and failure

    Graham Beattie, University of Pittsburgh, United States; Jean-William P. Laliberté & Philip Oreopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada

    We introduce a novel method for collecting a comprehensive set of non-academic characteristics for a representative sample of incoming freshman to explore which measures best predict the wide... More

    pp. 170-182

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  15. The evolution of returns to education in the Middle East and North Africa: Evidence from comparable education policy changes in Tunisia

    Miquel Pellicer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

    Returns to education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are thought to have decreased in recent decades leading to youth frustration and political mobilization. Existing estimates of... More

    pp. 183-191

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  16. The value of earning for learning: Performance bonuses in immigrant language training

    Olof Åslund, Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU), Sweden; Mattias Engdahl, IFAU, Sweden

    We study the effects of performance bonuses in immigrant language training for adults. A Swedish policy pilot conducted in 2009–2010 gave a small randomly assigned group of municipalities the right... More

    pp. 192-204

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  17. Why do boys and girls make different educational choices? The influence of expected earnings and test scores

    Benoît Rapoport, Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne - University Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, Maison des Sciences Economiques, France; Claire Thibout, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Australia

    Girls frequently choose educational pathways that lead to lower-paid jobs and less prestigious careers, despite performing as well as boys at school. Using a cohort of French pupils, we estimate a ... More

    pp. 205-229

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  18. Let the girls learn! It is not only about math … it's about gender social norms

    Núria Rodríguez-Planas, Economics Department, United States; Natalia Nollenberger, IE University – IE Business School,, Spain

    Using PISA test scores from 11,527 second-generation immigrants coming from 35 different countries of ancestry and living in 9 host countries, we find that the positive effects of country-of... More

    pp. 230-253

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  19. The new school advantage? Examining the effects of strategic new school openings on student achievement

    Ayesha K. Hashim, Rossier School of Education, United States; Katharine O. Strunk, College of Education, United States; Julie A. Marsh, Rossier School of Education, United States

    This paper examines the effects of strategic new school openings (SNSOs) on student achievement at brand new (“relief”) campuses built to alleviate overcrowding at neighboring “feeder” campuses in ... More

    pp. 254-266

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  20. Internationally comparable mathematics scores for fourteen african countries

    Justin Sandefur

    Internationally comparable test scores play a central role in both research and policy debates on education. However, the main international testing regimes, such as PISA, TIMSS, or PIRLS, include ... More

    pp. 267-286

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