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The Effect of Tracking Students by Ability into Different Schools: A Natural Experiment


Nina Guyon


Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Eric Maurin


Paris School of Economics (PSE); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Sandra McNally


London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

January 5, 2011

FEEM Working Paper No. 152.2010

Abstract:     
The tracking of pupils by ability into elite and non-elite schools represents a controversial policy in many countries. There is no consensus on how large the elite track should be and little agreement on the effects of any further increase in its size. This paper presents a natural experiment where the increase in the size of the elite track was followed by a significant improvement in average educational outcomes. This experiment provides a rare opportunity to isolate the overall effect of allowing entry to the elite track for a group that was previously only at the margin of being admitted.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: Education, Tracking, Selection

JEL Classification: I2

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Date posted: January 8, 2011  

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Guyon, Nina and Maurin, Eric and McNally, Sandra, The Effect of Tracking Students by Ability into Different Schools: A Natural Experiment (January 5, 2011). FEEM Working Paper No. 152.2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1735337 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1735337

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Nina Guyon
Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France
Eric Maurin (Contact Author)
Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
Sandra McNally
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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