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Economics of Education Review

Volume 31, Number 1

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Number of articles: 18

  1. Students choosing colleges: Understanding the matriculation decision at a highly selective private institution

    Peter Nurnberg, Morton Schapiro & David Zimmerman

    This paper provides an econometric analysis of the matriculation decisions made by students accepted to Williams College, one of the nation's most highly selective colleges and universities. Using ... More

    pp. 1-8

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  2. Diversifying the faculty across gender lines: Do trustees and administrators matter?

    Ronald G. Ehrenberg, George H. Jakubson, Mirinda L. Martin, Joyce B. Main & Thomas Eisenberg

    Our paper focuses on the role that the gender composition of the leaders of American colleges and universities - trustees, presidents, and provosts - play in influencing the rate at which academic ... More

    pp. 9-18

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  3. Observed characteristics and teacher quality: Impacts of sample selection on a value added model

    Marcus A. Winters, Bruce L. Dixon & Jay P. Greene

    We measure the impact of observed teacher characteristics on student math and reading proficiency using a rich dataset from Florida. We expand upon prior work by accounting directly for nonrandom... More

    pp. 19-32

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  4. The role of information in the take-up of student loans

    Adam S. Booij, Edwin Leuven & Hessel Oosterbeek

    We study student loan behavior in the Netherlands where (i) higher education students know little about the conditions of the government's financial aid program and (ii) take-up rates are low. In a... More

    pp. 33-44

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  5. The redistributive equity of affirmative action: Exploring the role of race, socioeconomic status, and gender in college admissions

    Andrew M. Francis & Maria Tannuri-Pianto

    This paper contributes to research on affirmative action by examining issues of equity in the context of racial quotas in Brazil. We study the experience of the University of Brasilia, which... More

    pp. 45-55

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  6. Assessment drives learning: The effect of central exit exams on curricular knowledge and mathematical literacy

    Hendrik Jürges, Kerstin Schneider, Martin Senkbeil & Claus H. Carstensen

    In this paper, we use data from the German PISA 2003 sample to study the effects of central exit examinations on student performance and student attitudes. Unlike earlier studies we use (i) a value... More

    pp. 56-65

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  7. On the relationship between student tastes and motivations, higher education decisions, and annual earnings

    Michael J. Hilmer & Christiana E. Hilmer

    We examine the degree to which measures of student tastes and motivations are associated with the outcomes of three important higher education decisions and subsequent annual earnings. Within a... More

    pp. 66-75

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  8. Economics of corruption in doctoral education: The dissertations market

    Ararat L. Osipian

    This paper addresses the issue of “dissertations for sale” in Russia. The tasks of this anthropological study include establishing the problem of corruption in doctoral education, identification of... More

    pp. 76-83

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  9. How to improve pupils’ literacy? A cost-effectiveness analysis of a French educational project

    Sébastien Massoni & Jean-Christophe Vergnaud

    The "Action Lecture" program is an innovative teaching method run in some nursery and primary schools in Paris and designed to improve pupils’ literacy. We report the results of an evaluation of... More

    pp. 84-91

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  10. Leadership effects: school principals and student outcomes

    Michael Coelli & David A. Green

    We identify the effect of individual high school principals on graduation rates and English exam scores using an administrative data set of grade 12 students in BC Canada. Many principals were... More

    pp. 92-109

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  11. Re-examining the impact of dropping out on criminal and labor outcomes in early adulthood

    David Bjerk

    This paper shows that while high school dropouts fare far worse on average than otherwise similar high school completers in early adulthood outcomes such as success in the labor market and future... More

    pp. 110-122

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  12. Student incentives and preferential treatment in college admissions

    Ivan Pastine & Tuvana Pastine

    We consider a framework in which the optimal admissions policy of a purely academic-quality oriented college implements preferential treatment in favor of the student from the deprived... More

    pp. 123-130

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  13. Math skills and labor-market outcomes: Evidence from a resume-based field experiment

    Cory Koedel & Eric Tyhurst

    We examine the link between math skills and labor-market outcomes using a resume-based field experiment. Specifically, we send fictitious resumes in response to online job postings, randomly... More

    pp. 131-140

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  14. Estimating the impact of relative expected grade on student evaluations of teachers

    Andrew M. Ewing

    Grade inflation over the past few decades has been a concern for many universities. Course evaluation scores are known to be positively correlated with students’ expected grades, and this paper... More

    pp. 141-154

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  15. Do tuition fees affect the mobility of university applicants? Evidence from a natural experiment

    Nadja Dwenger, Johanna Storck & Katharina Wrohlich

    Several German states recently introduced tuition fees for university education. We investigate whether these tuition fees influence the mobility of university applicants. Based on administrative... More

    pp. 155-167

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  16. Back to school: An application of human capital theory for mature workers

    Christopher Jepsen & Mark Montgomery

    There is a vast literature on the decision to enroll in higher education, but it focuses almost entirely on traditional students: 18 year olds graduating from high school. Yet less than half of... More

    pp. 168-178

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  17. Is it ever too late to study? The economic returns on late tertiary degrees in Sweden

    Martin Hällsten

    This paper addresses the economic returns on tertiary degrees obtained in ages above 30 for individuals with upper-secondary schooling in light of current ideas on lifelong learning. Sweden is a... More

    pp. 179-194

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  18. Do student migrations affect school performance? Evidence from Wisconsin's inter-district public school program

    David M. Welsch & David M. Zimmer

    This paper examines the competitive effects of a unique school choice program implemented in the late 1990s, Wisconsin's open enrollment program, which allows families to send their children to... More

    pp. 195-207

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