Quasi-Experimental Estimates of the Effect of Class Size on Achievement in Norway

32 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2008

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Edwin Leuven

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM); Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Marte Rønning

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Using a comprehensive administrative database we exploit independent quasi-experimental methods to estimate the effect of class size on student achievement in Norway. The first method is based on a maximum class size rule in the spirit Angrist and Lavy (1999). The second method exploits population variation as first proposed by Hoxby (2000). The results of both methods (and of variations on these methods) are very similar and cannot reject that the class size effect is equal to zero. The estimates are very precise; we can rule out effects as small as 1.5 percent of a standard deviation for a one student change in class size during three years in a row.

Keywords: class size, educational production

JEL Classification: I2

Suggested Citation

Leuven, Edwin and Oosterbeek, Hessel and Rønning, Marte, Quasi-Experimental Estimates of the Effect of Class Size on Achievement in Norway. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3474, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1294554 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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