Catholic School Effectiveness in Australia: A Reassessment Using Selection on Observed and Unobserved Variables

LaTrobe University School of Economics Working Paper No. 5

28 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2013

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Buly A. Cardak

La Trobe University - School of Economics

Joe Vecci

Gothenburg University

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper provides new estimates of the effect of Catholic school attendance on high school completion and university commencement and completion for Australian students. First, an instrumental variables approach is adopted where the probability of Catholic affiliation is used as an instrument. Consistent with the recent US literature, results based on this instrument are mixed. Instead, bounds are placed on the Catholic school effect using the assumption of equality between selection on observables and unobservables. The effect of Catholic school attendance is found to be smaller than previous results and negative treatment effects cannot be ruled out. Recent improvements in public school outcomes may have contributed to the smaller Catholic school effects.

Keywords: Catholic Schools, High School Completion, University Attendance, Selection Bias

JEL Classification: I21

Suggested Citation

Cardak, Buly and Vecci, Joe, Catholic School Effectiveness in Australia: A Reassessment Using Selection on Observed and Unobserved Variables (June 1, 2013). LaTrobe University School of Economics Working Paper No. 5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2307335 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2307335

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