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Economics of Education Review

June 2016 Volume 52, Number 1

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Number of articles: 18

  1. Should student employment be subsidized? Conditional counterfactuals and the outcomes of work-study participation

    Judith Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education and Senior Research Associate, United States; Veronica Minaya, Community College Research Center, United States

    Student employment subsidies are one of the largest types of federal employment subsidies, yet little is known about their impact. We provide a framework highlighting the likelihood of... More

    pp. 1-18

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  2. Class size and teacher effects in higher education

    Claudio Sapelli & Gastón Illanes, Economics Department, Chile

    Using student evaluations of their instructor as an outcome measure, we estimate and compare class size and teacher effects for higher education, with an emphasis on determining whether a... More

    pp. 19-28

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  3. Why has wage inequality evolved so differently between Japan and the US? The role of the supply of college-educated workers

    Daiji Kawaguchi, Hitotsubashi University, Japan; Yuko Mori, Ryutsu Keizai University, Japan

    Why has wage inequality not changed in Japan while it has secularly increased in the US over the last few decades? Pointing to the difference in the trends of the college wage premium in the two... More

    pp. 29-50

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  4. The returns to voucher-financed training on wages, employment and job tasks

    Katja Görlitz, FU Berlin, Germany; Marcus Tamm, RWI, Germany

    This paper analyzes the returns to training that was co-financed by a German training voucher program. The estimation strategy compares outcomes of participants in voucher training with voucher... More

    pp. 51-62

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  5. When inputs are outputs: The case of graduate student instructors

    Eric P. Bettinger, Stanford University and NBER,; Bridget Terry Long, Harvard Graduate School of Education and NBER,; Eric S. Taylor, Harvard Graduate School of Education,

    We examine graduate student teaching as an input to two production processes: the education of undergraduates and the development of graduate students themselves. Using fluctuations in full-time... More

    pp. 63-76

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  6. The impact of maternal depression on child academic and socioemotional outcomes

    Heather M. Dahlen

    This paper examines how maternal depression affects children's test scores and socioemotional outcomes. An empirical challenge surrounding this research is to address the omission of unobserved... More

    pp. 77-90

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  7. The differential effects of competitive funding on the production frontier and the efficiency of universities

    Thomas Bolli, ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Maria Olivares, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Andrea Bonaccorsi, University of Pisa, Italy; Cinzia Daraio, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy; Adela Garcia Aracil, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain; Benedetto Lepori, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

    European governments increasingly employ competitive university funding to improve performance in higher education. The framework that is developed in this paper suggests a donor-specific trade-off... More

    pp. 91-104

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  8. When you say nothing at all: The predictive power of student effort on surveys

    Collin Hitt, Julie Trivitt & Albert Cheng

    Character traits and noncognitive skills are important for human capital development and long-run life outcomes. Research in economics and psychology now shows this convincingly. But research into ... More

    pp. 105-119

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  9. Gender differences in preferences for taking risk in college applications

    Perihan Ozge Saygin

    College admissions in Turkey are based entirely on nationwide standardized test scores and standardized high school GPAs. Using detailed administrative data from the centralized system, I study the... More

    pp. 120-133

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  10. Does early educational tracking increase migrant-native achievement gaps? Differences-in-differences evidence across countries

    Jens Ruhose, Ifo Institute and IZA, Germany; Guido Schwerdt, University of Konstanz, CESifo, and IZA, Germany

    We study whether early tracking of students based on ability increases migrant-native achievement gaps. To eliminate confounding impacts of unobserved country traits, we employ a differences-in... More

    pp. 134-154

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  11. Mean and distributional impact of single-sex high schools on students’ cognitive achievement, major choice, and test-taking behavior: Evidence from a random assignment policy in Seoul, Korea

    Hosung Sohn

    Single-sex schooling has been considered in many countries as a way to promote student achievement. This paper estimates the mean and distributional impact of single-sex high schools on students’... More

    pp. 155-175

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  12. Does other people's education make us less happy?

    Boris Nikolaev

    A growing body of literature suggests that the extent to which people feel happy with their lives depends, at least partially, on how they compare to those around them. Much of this literature,... More

    pp. 176-191

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  13. The effect of university attended on graduates’ labour market prospects: A field study of Great Britain

    Nick Drydakis, Department of Economics and International Business, United Kingdom

    Utilising data for comparable B.Sc. graduates in economics who have studied in different universities that had set the same entry standards, we compare job seekers’ employment prospects when they... More

    pp. 192-208

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  14. Who believes in me? The effect of student–teacher demographic match on teacher expectations

    Seth Gershenson & Stephen B. Holt, School of Public Affairs; Nicholas W. Papageorge, Department of Economics, United States

    Teachers are an important source of information for traditionally disadvantaged students. However, little is known about how teachers form expectations and whether they are systematically biased.... More

    pp. 209-224

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  15. Credit constraints in higher education in a context of unobserved heterogeneity

    Eugenio Rojas, University of Pennsylvania, United States; Rafael Sánchez & Mauricio G. Villena, Adolfo Ibáñ ez University, Chile

    This article tests the existence of credit constraints on higher education access by estimating actual marginal returns in the context of unobserved heterogeneity. We estimate higher education... More

    pp. 225-250

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  16. Does more general education reduce the risk of future unemployment? Evidence from an expansion of vocational upper secondary education

    Caroline Hall

    This paper investigates whether acquiring more general education reduces the risk of future unemployment. I study an educational reform in Sweden which prolonged the vocational programs in upper... More

    pp. 251-271

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  17. Are all schools created equal? Learning environments in small and large public high schools in New York City

    Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs, Maxwell School, United States; Leanna Stiefel, Professor of Economics, Wagner and Steinhardt Schools, United States; Matthew Wiswall, W.P. Carey School of Business

    Over the past two decades, high school reform has been characterized by a belief that “smaller is better.” Much of the expected academic benefit from attending small schools has been credited to... More

    pp. 272-290

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  18. Immigrant student performance in Math: Does it matter where you come from?

    Gianna Claudia Giannelli & Chiara Rapallini, University of Firenze

    The performance gap in math of immigrant students is investigated using PISA 2012. The gap with respect to non-immigrant schoolmates is first measured. The hypotheses that first (second) generation... More

    pp. 291-304

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