The causal effects of increased learning intensity on student achievement : evidence from a natural experiment

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dc.contributor.author Andrietti, Vincenzo
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-11T07:55:54Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-11T07:55:54Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06-01
dc.identifier.issn 2340-5031
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/21136
dc.description.abstract I exploit a unique educational policy - implemented in most German states between 2001 and 2007 - that reduced high school duration by one year while keeping its curriculum unaltered to investigate how the resulting increase in learning intensity affected student achievement. Using 2000-2009 PISA data and a difference-in-differences approach, I find robust evidence that the reform significantly improved the reading, mathematics, and science literacy skills acquired by academic-track high school students upon treatment. A more direct estimate of the effects of the increased learning intensity - as measured by the cumulative weekly number of instructional hours delivered in high school grades - corroborates the latter finding. Furthermore, there is some evidence that the effects of the reform differ by gender and grade retention. Finally, I find no evidence of a significant average effect of the reform on high school grade retention, although I do find that the latter increased significantly for boys and for students with a migration background.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries UC3M Working papers. Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseries 15-06
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other G8
dc.subject.other Learning intensity
dc.subject.other Instructional hours
dc.subject.other Student achievement
dc.subject.other Academic-track high school
dc.subject.other Difference-in-Differences
dc.title The causal effects of increased learning intensity on student achievement : evidence from a natural experiment
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.jel I21
dc.subject.jel I28
dc.subject.jel D04
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
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dc.identifier.uxxi DT/0000001377
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