Home Versus School Learning: A New Approach to Estimating the Effect of Class Size on Achievement

51 Pages Posted: 8 May 2001

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Mikael Lindahl

University of Bonn; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: February 2001

Abstract

I estimate the effect of class size on scholastic achievement using that schools are only in session during the school year and out of session during the summer. This seasonal feature of the schooling system makes it possible to control for unobservable pupil characteristics affecting both the level and change in achievement. Using Swedish data, I find that smaller classes generate higher achievement. A comparison with the results from applying the same data to the widely used value-added model is also made.

Keywords: Class size, summer learning, school-year learning, difference-in-differences, value-added model

JEL Classification: I21, I28 H52

Suggested Citation

Lindahl, Mikael, Home Versus School Learning: A New Approach to Estimating the Effect of Class Size on Achievement (February 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 261. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=265641

Mikael Lindahl (Contact Author)

University of Bonn ( email )

Postfach 2220
Bonn, D-53012
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

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