Academic Performance and Single-Sex Schooling: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Switzerland

38 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2011

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Gerald Eisenkopf

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics

Zohal Hessami

University of Konstanz, Department of Economics

Urs Fischbacher

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics

Heinrich W. Ursprung

University of Konstanz; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: September 30, 2011

Abstract

We study the effects of random assignment to coeducational and single-sex classes on the academic performance of female high school students. Our estimation results show that single-sex schooling improves the performance of female students in mathematics. This positive effect increases if the single-sex class is taught by a male teacher. An accompanying survey reveals that single-sex schooling also strengthens female students’ self-confidence and renders the self-assessment of their mathematics skills more level-headed. Single-sex schooling thus has profound implications for human capital formation and the mind-set of female students.

Keywords: gender math gap, single-sex education, coeducation, natural experiment

JEL Classification: I210, J160

Suggested Citation

Eisenkopf, Gerald and Hessami, Zohal and Fischbacher, Urs and Ursprung, Heinrich, Academic Performance and Single-Sex Schooling: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Switzerland (September 30, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3592. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1938858

Gerald Eisenkopf

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics ( email )

Universitaetsstr. 10
78457 Konstanz
Germany

Zohal Hessami

University of Konstanz, Department of Economics ( email )

Box 138
Konstanz, 78457
Germany

Urs Fischbacher

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics ( email )

Universitaetsstr. 10
78457 Konstanz
Germany

Heinrich Ursprung (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz ( email )

Konstanz, D-78457
Germany
+49 7531 88 3713 (Phone)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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