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School Entry, Educational Attainment and Quarter of Birth: A Cautionary Tale of LATE


Rashmi Barua


Singapore Management University - Department of Economics

Kevin Lang


Boston University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

August 1, 2011


Abstract:     
Partly in response to increased testing and accountability, states and districts have been raising the minimum school entry age, but existing studies show mixed results regarding the effects of entry age. These studies may be severely biased because they violate the monotonicity assumption needed for LATE. We propose an instrument not subject to this bias and show no effect on the educational attainment of children born in the fourth quarter of moving from a December 31 to an earlier cutoff. We then estimate a structural model of optimal entry age that reconciles the different IV estimates including ours. We find that one standard instrument is badly biased but that the other diverges from ours because it estimates a different LATE. We also find that an early entry age cutoff that is applied loosely (as in the 1950s) is beneficial but one that is strictly enforced is not.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: Educational Attainment, LATE, monotonicity, Quarter of Birth

JEL Classification: I2, J00, C1

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Date posted: July 22, 2009 ; Last revised: October 18, 2011

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Barua, Rashmi and Lang, Kevin, School Entry, Educational Attainment and Quarter of Birth: A Cautionary Tale of LATE (August 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1437617 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1437617

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Rashmi Barua (Contact Author)
Singapore Management University - Department of Economics ( email )
90 Stamford Road
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Singapore
Kevin Lang
Boston University - Department of Economics ( email )
270 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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