How Immigrant Children Affect the Academic Achievement of Native Dutch Children

35 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2011

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Asako Ohinata

University of Leicester - Department of Economics

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Abstract

In this paper, we analyze how the share of immigrant children in the classroom affects the educational attainment of native Dutch children. Our analysis uses data from various sources, which allow us to characterize educational attainment in terms of reading literacy, mathematical skills and science skills. We do not find strong evidence of negative spill-over effects from immigrant children to native Dutch children. Immigrant children themselves experience negative language spill-over effects from a high share of immigrant children in the classroom but no spill-over effects on maths and science skills.

Keywords: immigrant children, peer effects, educational attainment

JEL Classification: I21, J15

Suggested Citation

Ohinata, Asako and van Ours, Jan C., How Immigrant Children Affect the Academic Achievement of Native Dutch Children. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6212. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1977798

Asako Ohinata (Contact Author)

University of Leicester - Department of Economics ( email )

Department of Economics
Leicester LE1 7RH, Leicestershire LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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