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

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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 Norwegian administrative database, we exploit independent quasi-experimental methods to estimate the effect of class size on student achievement at the end of lower-secondary school. Identification based on maximum class-size rules and population variation (and variations on these methods) give very similar estimates. We cannot reject that the class-size effect is equal to zero, and can rule out effects as small as 1.5 percent of a standard deviation for a one-student change in class size during three consecutive years.

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. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 110, Issue 4, pp. 663-693, December 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1308718 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2008.00556.x

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