Long Term Impacts of Class Size in Compulsory School

36 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2017

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Edwin Leuven

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sturla Løkken

Statistics Norway

Abstract

How does class size in compulsory school affect peoples' long run education and earnings? We use maximum class size rules and Norwegian administrative registries allowing us to observe outcomes up to age 48. We do not find any indication of beneficial effects of class size reduction in compulsory school. For a 1 person reduction in class size we can rule out effects on income as small as 0.087 percent in primary school and 0.12 percent in middle school. Population differences in parental background, school size or competitive pressure do not appear to reconcile our findings with previous studies.

Keywords: class size, schooling, earnings, regression discontinuity

JEL Classification: I21, I28, J24, C30

Suggested Citation

Leuven, Edwin and Løkken, Sturla, Long Term Impacts of Class Size in Compulsory School. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10594, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2931331

Edwin Leuven (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Sturla Løkken

Statistics Norway ( email )

N-0033 Oslo
Norway

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