Allocating Instruction Time: How Language Instruction Can Affect Multiple Skills

48 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2012

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Ron Diris

Maastricht University

Lex Borghans

Maastricht University - Department of Economics; University of Maastricht - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: February 7, 2012

Abstract

There exists substantial variation in the exact allocation of instruction time per school subject in primary schools. To evaluate the effectiveness of how schools allocate time to school subjects, not only the direct effect of instruction in one subject on performance in that same subject is important, but also how such an initial effect develops over time nd whether spillover effects towards other skills are present. We exploit variation over time in instruction time for language, caused by policy interventions in The Netherlands, to assess these effects. We find that direct effects on language skills fade away quickly, while effects of (early) language instruction on several other skills are long-lasting.

Keywords: economics of education, human capital theory, instruction time, primary education

JEL Classification: I21, J24

Suggested Citation

Diris, Ron and Borghans, Lex, Allocating Instruction Time: How Language Instruction Can Affect Multiple Skills (February 7, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2026195 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2026195

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Lex Borghans

Maastricht University - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Maastricht - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )

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