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Economics of Education Review

December 2013 Volume 37, Number 1

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Number of articles: 23

  1. Do you get what you pay for with school-based health programs? Evidence from a child nutrition experiment in rural China

    Sean Sylvia, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, United States; Renfu Luo & Linxiu Zhang, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Institute for Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Yaojiang Shi, School of Economics and Management, Northwest University, No. 1 Xuefu Road, Guodu Education and Technology Park, Chang-an District; Alexis Medina & Scott Rozelle, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, United States

    This study uses a randomized controlled trial of a school-based anemia reduction program in rural China to examine how increased school emphasis on health promotion affects academic performance.... More

    pp. 1-12

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  2. Education policy and early fertility: Lessons from an expansion of upper secondary schooling

    Hans Grönqvist, Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Sweden; Caroline Hall, Institute for Evaluation of Labor Market and Education Policy (IFAU), Sweden

    This paper studies the effects of education policy on early fertility. We study a major educational reform in Sweden in which vocational tracks in upper secondary school were prolonged from two to ... More

    pp. 13-33

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  3. Catholic school effectiveness in Australia: A reassessment using selection on observed and unobserved variables

    Buly A. Cardak, School of Economics, La Trobe University, Australia; Joe Vecci, School of Economics, Monash University, Australia

    This paper provides new estimates of the effect of Catholic school attendance on high school completion and university commencement and completion for Australian students. Without a set of robust... More

    pp. 34-45

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  4. The impact of online learning on students’ course outcomes: Evidence from a large community and technical college system

    Di Xu & Shanna Smith Jaggars

    Using a large administrative dataset from a statewide system including 34 community and technical colleges, the authors employed an instrumental variable technique to estimate the impact of online ... More

    pp. 46-57

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  5. The impact of peer achievement and peer heterogeneity on own achievement growth: Evidence from school transitions

    David Kiss

    This paper estimates ability peer effects on achievement growth in reading and math. It exploits variation in peer characteristics generated at the transition from primary to secondary school in a ... More

    pp. 58-65

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  6. The returns to education for opportunity entrepreneurs, necessity entrepreneurs, and paid employees

    Frank M. Fossen, Freie Universität Berlin, DIW Berlin and IZA, Germany; Tobias J.M. Büttner, Technische Universität Berlin and Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Germany

    We assess the relevance of formal education on the productivity of the self-employed, distinguishing between opportunity entrepreneurs, who voluntarily pursue a business opportunity, and necessity ... More

    pp. 66-84

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  7. Disability and returns to education in a developing country

    Kamal Lamichhane, JICA Research Institute, Japan International Cooperation Agency and Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Japan; Yasuyuki Sawada, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo, Japan

    In this paper, we estimate wage returns to investment in education for persons with disabilities in Nepal, using information on the timing of being impaired during school-age years as identifying... More

    pp. 85-94

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  8. Aid and Universal Primary Education

    Rohen d’Aiglepierre & Laurent Wagner, CERDI-CNRS,UMR6587, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International, Universitéd’Auvergne, France

    Universal Primary Education is one of the main objectives of development aid. However, very little empirical evidence of its effectiveness actually exists. Until recently, the quality of the... More

    pp. 95-112

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  9. The effect of Teach for America on the distribution of student achievement in primary school: Evidence from a randomized experiment

    Heather Antecol, The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College, United States; Ozkan Eren, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University, Business Education Complex, United States; Serkan Ozbeklik, The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College, United States

    Using data from a randomized experiment and fixed effect quantile regression (FEQR), we examine the effects of having a TFA teacher on test scores across the entire achievement distribution of... More

    pp. 113-125

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  10. Do in-state tuition benefits affect the enrollment of non-citizens? Evidence from universities in Texas

    Lisa Dickson, University of Maryland, United States; Matea Pender, The College Board, United States

    In 2001, the Texas state legislature passed House Bill 1403. With the passage of the law, Texas became the first state to offer in-state tuition rates at public universities for non-citizens ... More

    pp. 126-137

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  11. Math skills and market and non-market outcomes: Evidence from an Amazonian society of forager-farmers

    Eduardo A. Undurraga, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, United States; Jere R. Behrman, Department of Economics, Sociology, and Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, United States; Elena L. Grigorenko, Child Study Center, Department of Psychology, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, Yale University, United States; Alan Schultz, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, United States; Julie Yiu, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, United States; TAPS Bolivia Study Team, Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study, Bolivia; Ricardo A. Godoy, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, United States

    Research in industrial nations suggests that formal math skills are associated with improvements in market and non-market outcomes. But do these associations also hold in a highly autarkic setting ... More

    pp. 138-147

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  12. Teacher behavior under performance pay incentives

    Michael D. Jones

    Over the last decade many districts implemented performance pay incentives to reward teachers for improving student achievement. Economic theory suggests that these programs could alter teacher... More

    pp. 148-164

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  13. The effect of household hospitalizations on the educational attainment of youth

    Eric Johnson & C. Lockwood Reynolds

    We utilize data from the NLSY97 to investigate the effect of week-long hospitalizations of household members on the educational attainment of youth. These significant household health events could ... More

    pp. 165-182

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  14. The impact of pre-school on adolescents’ outcomes: Evidence from a recent English cohort

    Patricia Apps, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Australia; Silvia Mendolia, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, Australia; Ian Walker, Department of Economics, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

    This paper investigates the relationship between attendance at pre-school school and children's outcomes into early adulthood. In particular, we are interested in: child cognitive development at... More

    pp. 183-199

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  15. Introduction to the special issue on Economic Research for Education Policy

    Bruce Chapman, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Australia; Kiatanantha Lounkaew, Faculty of Economics and Research Center, Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand

    This special issue of Economics of Education Review is a collection of papers presented at the 2nd Conference on the "Economics of Education Policy", organized jointly by Dhurakij Pundit University... More

    pp. 200-203

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  16. Economic growth in developing countries: The role of human capital

    Eric A. Hanushek

    The focus on human capital as a driver of economic growth for developing countries has led to undue attention on school attainment. Developing countries have made considerable progress in closing... More

    pp. 204-212

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  17. Explaining urban–rural differences in educational achievement in Thailand: Evidence from PISA literacy data

    Kiatanantha Lounkaew

    Using the Thai PISA 2009 literacy test, this paper offers two contributions to the literature on the achievement gap between students in urban and rural areas. The first contribution relates to the... More

    pp. 213-225

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  18. What is behind the decline in student achievement in Australia?

    Chris Ryan

    Australian school student achievement in reading and mathematical literacy has fallen in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) collection since 2000. This study finds that these... More

    pp. 226-239

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  19. The influence of family wealth on the educational attainments of youths in Thailand

    Dilaka Lathapipat

    This paper investigates the relative role of family wealth and other family characteristics in determining schooling decisions. Instead of employing a common approach that focuses on certain... More

    pp. 240-257

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  20. Impact of household factors on youth's school decisions in Thailand

    Rubkwan Tharmmapornphilas

    This paper uses Fairlie's techniques to estimate differences in school enrollment between municipal and non-municipal area, we found that group differences in all explanatory variables explain... More

    pp. 258-272

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