Are we spending too many years in school? : Causal evidence of the impact of shortening secondary school duration


Büttner, Bettina ; Thomsen, Stephan L.


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2882
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-28821
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2010
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 370 Education
Classification: JEL: I21 J18 C21 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Sachsen-Anhalt , Allgemein bildende Schule , Bildungsverhalten , Dauer , Bildungsniveau , Lernen
Keywords (English): student performance , school duration , learning intensity , natural experiment
Abstract: This paper analyzes the impact of shortening the duration of secondary schooling on the accumulation of human capital. In 2003, an educational policy reform was enacted in Saxony-Anhalt, a German state, providing a natural experimental setting. The thirteenth year of schooling was eliminated for those students currently attending the ninth grade. Tenth grade students were unaffected. The academic curriculum remained almost unaltered. Using primary data from the double cohort of Abitur graduates in 2007, significant negative effects were discovered for both genders in mathematics and for females only in English. The effects on literature were not statistically significant.
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Büttner, Bettina ; Thomsen, Stephan L. (2010) Are we spending too many years in school? : Causal evidence of the impact of shortening secondary school duration. Open Access [Working paper]
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