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Economics of Education Review

February 2017 Volume 56, Number 1

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Number of articles: 13

  1. The influence of height on academic outcomes

    Devon Gorry

    This paper examines whether the height premium for academic outcomes is driven by unequal opportunities for tall individuals. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, ... More

    pp. 1-8

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  2. The impact of education on political ideology: Evidence from European compulsory education reforms

    Andrew G. Meyer

    Previous research documents a correlation between education and political ideology, usually indicating a positive relationship between education and left-wing political views. In this paper, I... More

    pp. 9-23

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  3. Is it the way they use it? Teachers, ICT and student achievement

    Simona Lorena Comi, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy; Gianluca Argentin, Catholic University of Sacred Hearth, Italy; Marco Gui, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy; Federica Origo, University of Bergamo, Italy; Laura Pagani, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy

    We provide evidence on whether ICT-related teaching practices affect student achievement. We use a unique student-teacher dataset containing variables on a wide set of very specific uses of... More

    pp. 24-39

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  4. Heterogeneous treatment effects in the low track: Revisiting the Kenyan primary school experiment

    Joseph R. Cummins

    I present results from a partial re-analysis of the Kenyan school tracking experiment first described in Duflo, Dupas and Kremer (2011). My results suggest that, in a developing country school... More

    pp. 40-51

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  5. The effect of education on time preferences

    Francisco Perez-Arce

    I examine whether education increases patience by analyzing a case study of a public college in Mexico City where admission decisions are determined through a lottery. Applicants who were... More

    pp. 52-64

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  6. The information value of central school exams

    Guido Schwerdt, Department of Economics, Germany; Ludger Woessmann, University of Munich, Ifo Institute, Germany

    The central vs. local nature of high-school exit exam systems can have important repercussions on the labor market. By increasing the informational content of grades, central exams may improve the ... More

    pp. 65-79

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  7. Life-cycle educational choices in a system with early tracking and ‘second chance’ options

    Martin Biewen & Madalina Tapalaga, University of Tübingen, Germany

    We study life-cycle educational transitions in the German education system which is characterized by early tracking and institutionalized branches of academic and vocational training, but with the ... More

    pp. 80-94

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  8. Can targeted information affect academic performance and borrowing behavior for college students? Evidence from administrative data

    Christiana Stoddard & Carly Urban, Montana State University, United States; Maximilian Schmeiser, Amazon Lending, United States

    More students than ever borrow to finance post-secondary education. However, students receive little information during the course of their college career that encourages them to recalibrate loan... More

    pp. 95-109

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  9. Are low-performing students more likely to exit charter schools? Evidence from New York City and Denver, Colorado

    Marcus A. Winters, Boston University, United States; Grant Clayton & Dick M. Carpenter, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, United States

    A common criticism of charter schools is that they systematically remove or “counsel out” their lowest performing students. However, relatively little is currently known about whether low... More

    pp. 110-117

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  10. The impact of computer usage on academic performance: Evidence from a randomized trial at the United States Military Academy

    Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg & Michael S. Walker

    We present findings from a study that prohibited computer devices in randomly selected classrooms of an introductory economics course at the United States Military Academy. Average final exam... More

    pp. 118-132

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  11. The impact of grade ceilings on student grades and course evaluations: Evidence from a policy change

    Devon Gorry

    This paper analyzes the effects of a grade ceiling policy on grade distributions and course evaluations. Results show that the effects vary based upon the level of the grade ceiling. A ceiling set ... More

    pp. 133-140

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  12. Something in the air? Air quality and children's educational outcomes

    Dave E. Marcotte

    Poor air quality has been shown to harm the health and development of children. Research on these relationships has focused almost exclusively on the effects of human-made pollutants, and has not... More

    pp. 141-151

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  13. Creating winners and losers: Date of birth, relative age in school, and outcomes in childhood and adulthood

    Pablo A. Peña

    Using an unanticipated policy reform that shifted 4months the cutoff date for school eligibility in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico, we estimate the effect of relative age on test scores in grades 3–... More

    pp. 152-176

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