Comment on Causal Effects of Single-Sex Schools on College Entrance Exams and College Attendance: Random Assignment in Seoul High Schools

18 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2012 Last revised: 15 Mar 2013

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Youjin Hahn

Yonsei University

Liang Choon Wang

Monash University - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 28, 2012

Abstract

We re-examine the findings in Park, Behrman, and Choi (2012) regarding the causal effects of single-sex schooling on South Korean high school seniors’ performance in the college entrance examination and college attendance. The results with an extra year of data indicate that single-sex schools are more effective in improving test score than co-educational schools but not in raising four-year college attendance. We find no differences in academic outcomes of high school seniors between those in co-ed schools that use single-sex classrooms and those in co-ed schools that use co-ed classrooms. The effects of single-sex schooling are heterogeneous across school ownership types and gender, indicating some interaction effects of single-sex schooling with school and student characteristics. Thus, the positive effects of single-sex schooling on students’ academic outcomes are context-dependent.

Keywords: Single-sex schooling, randomization, college attendance, college entrance exam

JEL Classification: I20, I21, J16

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Youjin and Wang, Liang Choon, Comment on Causal Effects of Single-Sex Schools on College Entrance Exams and College Attendance: Random Assignment in Seoul High Schools (December 28, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2194336 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2194336

Youjin Hahn

Yonsei University ( email )

Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Liang Choon Wang (Contact Author)

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/liangchoonwang/

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