The Effects of Class Size on the Achievement of College Students

19 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2011

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Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Date Written: December 2011

Abstract

We investigate the effects of class size on the achievements of a sample of college students enrolled at a middle‐sized Italian public university. To estimate the effects of class size we exploit the exogenous variations in class size determined by a maximum class size rule introduced by the 2001 Italian university reform. From our analysis it emerges that large teaching classes produce negative effects on student achievement measured both in terms of the probability of passing exams and in terms of the grades obtained in exams. These results are robust to the use of matching estimators.

Suggested Citation

De Paola, Maria and Scoppa, Vincenzo, The Effects of Class Size on the Achievement of College Students (December 2011). The Manchester School, Vol. 79, Issue 6, pp. 1061-1079, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1946676 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2010.02208.x

Maria De Paola (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

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