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Title:The Impact of Length of the School Year on Student Performance and Earnings: Evidence from the German Short School Years PDF Logo
Authors:Pischke, Jörn-Steffen
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion paper series 874
Abstract:This paper investigates how changing the length of school year, leaving the basic curriculum unchanged, affects learning and subsequent earnings. I use variation introduced by the West-German short school years in 1966-67, which exposed some students to a total of about two thirds of a year less of schooling while enrolled. I show that the short school years led indeed to shorter schooling for affected students. Using comparisons across cohorts, states, and secondary school tracks, I find that the short school years increased grade repetition in primary school, but had no adverse effect on the number of students attending the highest secondary school track or earnings later in life.
Subjects:human capital
returns to schooling
length of school year
term length
grade repetition
tracking
JEL:J31
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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