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Economics of Education Review

February 2019 Volume 68, Number 1

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Number of articles: 13

  1. Achievement gains from reconfiguring early schooling: The case of Brazil's primary education reform

    Leonardo Rosa, Stanford University,, United States; Marcelo Martins, Brazil; Martin Carnoy, Stanford University,, United States

    We estimate the effect on primary school students’ achievement of a Brazilian policy that changed the entry age into first grade from seven to six years old. Before the policy, a typical child... More

    pp. 1-12

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  2. Returning special education students to regular classrooms: Externalities on peers’ reading scores

    Beatrice Schindler Rangvid

    Policy reforms to boost full inclusion and conventional return flows send students with special educational needs (SEN) from segregated settings to regular classrooms raising the question how this ... More

    pp. 13-22

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  3. The gender gap in K-12 educator salaries

    Daniel Fox, Michael Gmeiner & Joseph Price, Department of Economics, United States

    We examine gender gaps in the salaries of K-12 educators. This is an occupation where direct gender discrimination is less likely since salaries are determined by a union pay scale and women... More

    pp. 23-26

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  4. Admission mechanisms and the mismatch between colleges and students: Evidence from a large administrative dataset from China

    Shiyu Bo, Institute for Economic and Social Research, China; Jing Liu, Annenberg Institute, Brown University, United States; Ji-Liang Shiu & Yan Song, Institute for Economic and Social Research, China; Sen Zhou, Graduate School of Education, China

    This paper provides empirical evidence on how China’s transition from the Boston mechanism to the Chinese parallel mechanism (a simplified version of the Deferred Acceptance mechanism), along with ... More

    pp. 27-37

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  5. Is it good to be LATE? The impact of a preparatory program on upper secondary schooling

    Jacob Nielsen Arendt, The Rockwool Foundation Research Unit, Denmark; Jane Greve, The Danish Centre for Social Science Research, Denmark; Mikkel Bergqvist, The Danish Evaluation Institute, Denmark

    The present study estimates the effect of a one-year preparatory program on the likelihood of completing upper secondary school in Denmark. We identify the effect using discontinuations of the... More

    pp. 38-52

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  6. The economic impact of universities: Evidence from across the globe

    Anna Valero, London School of Economics and Centre for Economic Performance; John Van Reenen, MIT Department of Economics, United States

    We develop a new dataset using UNESCO source materials on the location of nearly 15,000 universities in about 1,500 regions across 78 countries, some dating back to the 11th Century. We estimate... More

    pp. 53-67

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  7. The effects of youth transition programs on labor market outcomes of youth with disabilities

    David Dean, University of Richmond, United States; John Pepper, Robert Schmidt & Steven Stern, Department of Economics

    The process of “transitioning” to adulthood for youth with disabilities has long been recognized to be an important but understudied public policy concern. This paper evaluates the labor market... More

    pp. 68-88

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  8. Is the pen mightier than the keyboard? The effect of online testing on measured student achievement

    Ben Backes & James Cowan

    Nearly two dozen states now administer online exams to deliver testing to K-12 students. These tests have real consequences: their results feed into accountability systems, which have been used for... More

    pp. 89-103

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  9. Which New Yorkers vote with their wallets? The impact of teacher quality data on household sorting, and residential and school demographics

    Elizabeth I. Rivera Rodas

    This paper examines the relationship between the February 2012 New York City teacher quality data release, the racial and ethnic composition of elementary and middle public schools and their... More

    pp. 104-121

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  10. Better outcomes without increased costs? Effects of Georgia’s University System consolidations

    Lauren Russell

    Declining state appropriations for higher education have prompted consolidations within numerous public university systems. Using administrative data from the University System of Georgia, I... More

    pp. 122-135

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  11. The effect of preschool participation on intellectual and behavioral disorder diagnoses: Evidence from surveys on children’s health

    Jessica Monnet

    This paper examines the effect of preschool participation on the probability of ever being diagnosed with certain intellectual and behavioral disorders in childhood. To study this relationship, I... More

    pp. 136-147

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  12. Selective retention bonuses for highly effective teachers in high poverty schools: Evidence from Tennessee

    Walker A. Swain, University of Georgia, United States; Luis A. Rodriguez, New York University,, United States; Matthew G. Springer, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, United States

    Research has established that racially isolated schools with high concentrations of low-income students disproportionately struggle to recruit and retain highly effective teachers, limiting... More

    pp. 148-160

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  13. Building bridges to life after high school: Contemporary career academies and student outcomes

    Steven W. Hemelt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,, United States; Matthew A. Lenard & Colleen G. Paeplow, Wake County Public School System,, United States

    Career academies serve an increasingly wide range of students. This paper examines the contemporary profile of students entering career academies in a large, diverse school district and estimates... More

    pp. 161-178

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