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Does the Early Bird Catch the Worm? Instrumental Variable Estimates of Educational Effects of Age of School Entry in Germany

Puhani, Patrick A. and Weber, Andrea M. (2005):
Does the Early Bird Catch the Worm? Instrumental Variable Estimates of Educational Effects of Age of School Entry in Germany.
Darmstadt, In: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics, [Online-Edition: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/4769],
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Abstract

We estimate the effect of age of school entry on educational attainment using three different data sets for Germany, sampling pupils at the end of primary school, in the middle of secondary school and several years after secondary school. Results are obtained based on instrumental variable estimation exploiting the exogenous variation in month of birth. We find robust and significant positive effects on educational attainment for pupils who enter school at seven instead of six years of age: Test scores at the end of primary school increase by about 0.42 standard deviations and years of secondary schooling increase by almost half a year.

Item Type: Report
Erschienen: 2005
Creators: Puhani, Patrick A. and Weber, Andrea M.
Title: Does the Early Bird Catch the Worm? Instrumental Variable Estimates of Educational Effects of Age of School Entry in Germany
Language: English
Abstract:

We estimate the effect of age of school entry on educational attainment using three different data sets for Germany, sampling pupils at the end of primary school, in the middle of secondary school and several years after secondary school. Results are obtained based on instrumental variable estimation exploiting the exogenous variation in month of birth. We find robust and significant positive effects on educational attainment for pupils who enter school at seven instead of six years of age: Test scores at the end of primary school increase by about 0.42 standard deviations and years of secondary schooling increase by almost half a year.

Series Name: Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics
Volume: 151
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, immigration, policy, identification
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2016 20:56
Official URL: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/4769
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-47692
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JEL - Classification : I21, I28, J24

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