Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20357
Authors: 
Webbink, Dinand
Oosterbeek, Hessel
Lindahl, Mikael
Leuven, Edwin
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1122
Abstract: 
This paper evaluates the effects of two subsidies targeted at disadvantaged pupils in the Netherlands. The first scheme gives primary schools with at least 70 percent minority pupils extra funding for personnel. The second scheme gives primary schools with at least 70 percent pupils from different disadvantaged groups extra funding for computers and software. The cutoffs at 70 percent provide a regression discontinuity design which we exploit in a local difference-in-differences framework. For both subsidies we find negative point estimates. For the personnel subsidy these are in most cases not significantly different from zero. For the computer subsidy we find more evidence of negative effects. We discuss several explanations for these counterintuitive results.
Subjects: 
policy evaluation
disadvantaged students
computers
teachers
regression discontinuity
JEL: 
J24
I28
I21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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