Education Curriculum and Student Achievement: Theory and Evidence

Universidad Carlos III DE Madrid, UC3M Working Paper Economic Series 16-07

46 Pages Posted: 5 May 2016  

Vincenzo Andrietti

Università "d'Annunzio" di Chieti e Pescara

Xuejuan Su

University of Alabama - Department of Economics, Finance and Legal Studies; University of Alberta, Department of Economics; University of Alberta, Department of Economics

Date Written: April 1, 2016

Abstract

This paper proposes a theory of education curriculum and analyzes its distributional impact on student learning outcomes. Different curricula represent horizontal differentiation in the education technology, thus a curriculum change has distributional effects across students. We test the model using the quasi-natural experiment of the G8 reform in Germany. We find evidence of heterogeneous reform effects consistent with our theory. While the reform improves student test scores on average, such benefits are more pronounced for well-prepared students. In contrast, less-prepared students do not benefit from the reform.

Keywords: Education Curriculum, Horizontal Differentiation, Distributional Effects, Difference-Indifferences, Conditional Quantile Regression, Unconditional Quantile Regression

JEL Classification: I21, I28, D04

Suggested Citation

Andrietti, Vincenzo and Su, Xuejuan, Education Curriculum and Student Achievement: Theory and Evidence (April 1, 2016). Universidad Carlos III DE Madrid, UC3M Working Paper Economic Series 16-07 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2774503

Vincenzo Andrietti (Contact Author)

Università "d'Annunzio" di Chieti e Pescara ( email )

Viale Pindaro 87
Pescara, 65127
Italy

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Xuejuan Su

University of Alabama - Department of Economics, Finance and Legal Studies ( email )

P.O. Box 870244
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

University of Alberta, Department of Economics ( email )

8-14 Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

University of Alberta, Department of Economics ( email )

8-14 Tory Building
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Canada

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