Class Size Effects: Evidence Using a New Estimation Technique

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Title: Class Size Effects: Evidence Using a New Estimation Technique
Authors: Denny, Kevin
Oppedisano, Veruska
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6371
Date: Dec-2010
Abstract: This paper estimates the marginal effect of class size on educational attainment of high school students. We control for the potential endogeneity of class size in two ways using a conventional instrumental variable approach, based on changes in cohort size, and an alternative method where identification is based on restriction on higher moments. The data is drawn from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) collected in 2003 for the United States and the United Kingdom. Using either method or the two in conjunction leads to the conclusion that increases in class size lead to improvements in student’s mathematics scores. Only the results for the United Kingdom are statistically significant.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Start page: 1
End page: 24
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP10/39
Keywords: Class sizesEducational production
Other versions: http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/WP10_39.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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