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Economics of Education Review

December 2017 Volume 61, Number 1

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Number of articles: 14

  1. Improving teaching quality through training: Evidence from the Caucasus

    Alejandro Ome, Alicia Menendez & Huyen Elise Le

    Teacher training constitutes a promising policy area for improving education quality in developing countries. While there is mixed empirical evidence on whether teacher training improves student... More

    pp. 1-8

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  2. Why does teacher gender matter?

    Dario Sansone

    This paper shows that high school math and science teacher gender affects student interest and self-efficacy in STEM. However, such effects become insignificant once teacher behaviors and attitudes... More

    pp. 9-18

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  3. The effects of Montessori education: Evidence from admission lotteries

    Nienke Ruijs

    This study investigates the causal effects of Montessori secondary education by exploiting admission lotteries in Dutch Montessori schools. Results from 308 to 625 students indicate that Montessori... More

    pp. 19-34

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  4. Teachers’ unions and school performance: Evidence from California charter schools

    Jordan D. Matsudaira, Department of Public Policy, United States; Richard W. Patterson, Department of Social Sciences, United States

    We examine the impact of unions on the quality of educational production by studying a wave of unionization among California charter schools and administrative data on student achievement. We first... More

    pp. 35-50

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  5. What happens when econometrics and psychometrics collide? An example using the PISA data

    John Jerrim, Department of Social Science, United Kingdom; Luis Alejandro Lopez-Agudo & Oscar D. Marcenaro-Gutierrez, Departamento de Economía Aplicada (Estadística y Econometría), Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Spain; Nikki Shure, Department of Social Science, United Kingdom

    International large-scale assessments such as PISA are increasingly being used to benchmark the academic performance of young people across the world. Yet many of the technicalities underpinning... More

    pp. 51-58

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  6. Tracking and the intergenerational transmission of education: Evidence from a natural experiment

    Simon Lange, The World Bank, United States; Marten von Werder, School of Business and Economics, Germany

    Proponents of tracking argue that the creation of more homogeneous classes increases efficiency while opponents point out that tracking aggravates initial differences between students. We estimate ... More

    pp. 59-78

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  7. A self-reference problem in test score normalization

    Jeffrey Penney

    It is considered standard practice to transform IRT-scaled test scores into standard normal variables for regression analysis in order to enable comparison with other research whose test scores are... More

    pp. 79-84

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  8. The effect of Vietnam-era conscription and genetic potential for educational attainment on schooling outcomes

    Lauren L. Schmitz, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, United States; Dalton Conley, Department of Sociology, United States

    This study examines whether draft lottery estimates of the causal effects of Vietnam-era military service on schooling vary by an individual's genetic propensity toward educational attainment. To... More

    pp. 85-97

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  9. Can learning communities boost success of women and minorities in STEM? Evidence from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Lauren Russell

    I study the impacts of a freshman learning community at MIT called the Experimental Study Group (ESG) which has features aligning with the National Academies’ recommendations for expanding the... More

    pp. 98-111

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  10. What's in a teacher test? Assessing the relationship between teacher licensure test scores and student STEM achievement and course-taking

    Dan Goldhaber, American Institutes for Research; Trevor Gratz, University of Washington; Roddy Theobald, American Institutes for Research

    We investigate the relationship between teacher licensure test scores and student test achievement and high school course-taking. We focus on three subject/grade combinations—middle school math,... More

    pp. 112-129

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  11. Does the transition into daylight saving time affect students’ performance?

    Stefanie P. Herber, Johanna Sophie Quis & Guido Heineck, University of Bamberg, Germany

    We use international assessment data on more than 22,000 students from six European countries to investigate whether the transition into daylight saving time affects elementary students’... More

    pp. 130-139

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  12. A question of degree: The effects of degree class on labor market outcomes

    Andy Feng, Singapore; Georg Graetz, Economics Department, Sweden

    How does performance at university affect labor market outcomes? Employing a regression discontinuity design, we show that university degree class causally affects graduates’ industry, wages, and... More

    pp. 140-161

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  13. Books or laptops? The effect of shifting from printed to digital delivery of educational content on learning

    Rosangela Bando, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, Inter-American Development Bank, United States; Francisco Gallego, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile; Paul Gertler, University of California, Haas School of Business, United States; Dario Romero Fonseca, Inter-American Development Bank, United States

    Information and communication technologies can be used for educational purposes, but these devices may also pose as distractors that may tamper with the learning process. This paper presents... More

    pp. 162-173

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  14. Local signals and the returns to foreign education

    Massimiliano Tani

    This paper studies whether assessing foreign education with its host country equivalent, as practised in Australia, raises migrants' returns to schooling. Using unawareness between degrees obtained... More

    pp. 174-190

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