The Long-Run Effects of Attending an Elite School: Evidence from the UK

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Damon Clark

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Emilia Del Bono

Institute for Social and Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper estimates the impact of elite school attendance on long-run outcomes including completed education, income and fertility. Our data consists of individuals born in the 1950s and educated in a UK district that assigned students to either elite or non-elite secondary schools. Using instrumental variables methods that exploit the school assignment formula, we find that elite school attendance had large impacts on completed education. For women, we find that elite school attendance generated positive effects on labor market outcomes and significant decreases in fertility; for men, we find no elite school impacts on any of these later-life outcomes.

Keywords: education, school quality, instrumental variables

JEL Classification: I2, J24, C31, C36

Suggested Citation

Clark, Damon and Del Bono, Emilia, The Long-Run Effects of Attending an Elite School: Evidence from the UK. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8617. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2529326

Damon Clark (Contact Author)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Emilia Del Bono

Institute for Social and Economic Research ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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