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Effects of class size on alternative educational outcomes across disciplines

Economics of Education Review Volume 30, Number 5, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


This is the first study to use self-reported ratings of student learning, instructor recommendations, and course recommendations as the outcome measure to estimate class size effects, doing so across 24 disciplines. Fixed-effects models controlling for heterogeneous courses and instructors reveal that increasing enrollment has negative and significant effects on student satisfaction in Sociology, Political Science, Computer Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Educational outcomes in Linguistics, Psychology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Cognitive Sciences, Visual Arts, History, and Philosophy are unaffected by class size. Other disciplines, including Economics, have inconclusive findings. No discipline benefits from increasing enrollment.


Cheng, D.A. (2011). Effects of class size on alternative educational outcomes across disciplines. Economics of Education Review, 30(5), 980-990. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 2, 2022 from .

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