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Economics of Education Review

February 2016 Volume 50, Number 1

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Number of articles: 8

  1. English language premium: Evidence from a policy experiment in India

    Tanika Chakraborty, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur,, India; Shilpi Kapur Bakshi, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI),, India

    In this paper, we estimate the English premium in a globalizing economy, by exploiting an exogenous language policy intervention in India that abolished teaching of English in public primary... More

    pp. 1-16

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  2. Local unemployment and the timing of post-secondary schooling

    Hans Henrik Sievertsen

    Using Danish administrative data on all high school graduates from 1984 to 1992, I show that local unemployment has both a short- and a long-run effect on school enrollment and completion. The... More

    pp. 17-28

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  3. The link between East Asian ‘mastery’ teaching methods and English children's mathematics skills

    John Jerrim, Institute of Education, United Kingdom; Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge,, United Kingdom

    A small group of high-performing East Asian economies dominate the top of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings. Although there are many possible explanations for this,... More

    pp. 29-44

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  4. The effects of changes in kindergarten entry age policies on educational achievement

    Jason Fletcher, La Follette School of Public Affairs, United States; Taehoon Kim, Department of Economics, United States

    This study explores the effects of state kindergarten-entry-age policies on students’ outcomes by exploiting variation in the kindergarten entry cutoff dates enacted by states in the United States ... More

    pp. 45-62

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  5. Knowledge decay between semesters

    Angela Dills, Providence College, United States; Rey Hernández-Julián, Metropolitan State University of Denver, United States; Kurt W. Rotthoff, Stillman School of Business, United States

    Summer learning loss has been widely studied in K-12 schooling, where the literature finds a range of results. This study provides the first evidence of summer learning loss in higher education. We... More

    pp. 63-74

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  6. Estimating the impact of language of instruction in South African primary schools: A fixed effects approach

    Stephen Taylor, Department of Basic Education, South Africa; Marisa von Fintel, Department of Economics, South Africa

    For many children around the world, access to higher education and the labour market depends on becoming fluent in a second language. In South Africa, the majority of children do not speak English ... More

    pp. 75-89

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  7. Adjusting content to individual student needs: Further evidence from an in-service teacher training program

    Adrien Bouguen

    Adapting instruction to the specific needs of each student is a promising strategy to improve overall academic achievement. In this article, I study the impact of an intensive in-service teacher... More

    pp. 90-112

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  8. Can incentives for parents and students change educational inputs? Experimental evidence from summer school

    Paco Martorell, University of California, Davis, School of Education, United States; Trey Miller, RAND Corporation, United States; Lucrecia Santibañez, School of Educational Studies, United States; Catherine H. Augustine, RAND Corporation, United States

    This paper examines whether incentives for parents and students can increase educational inputs, in this case, specifically, attendance. We evaluate the impact of randomly-assigned incentives for... More

    pp. 113-126

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