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dc.contributor.authorDustmann, Christianen_US
dc.contributor.authorRajah, Najmaen_US
dc.contributor.authorvan Soest, Arthuren_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:22:25Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:22:25Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/21439-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the effects of class size on the decision to stay on in full time schooling at the age of 16 and on wages at later stages in life. Little research exists on the effect of school quality on career decisions, although it has potentially important long term implications. We use micro data for England and Wales that contain an unusually rich set of variables on parental background and previous achievements. We find that class size, measured as the pupil-teacher ratio at the school level, has a sizeable and significant effect on the decision to remain in full time education beyond the minimum age. This finding is very robust and persists when school type variables, exam results, and results from past ability tests are controlled for. We also estimate wage equations including the staying on decision at age 16 as one of the explanatory variables. The effect of staying on is significantly positive for wages at age 33 and age 42, and for females also at age 23. Combining this effect with the effect of class size on the staying on decision, our results reveal that class size significantly affects future wages. Reduced form models in which wages are directly regressed on class size lead to much less accurate and generally insignificant estimates.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 501en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.jelI20en_US
dc.subject.jelC35en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordschool inputsen_US
dc.subject.keywordeducational attainmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordtrainingen_US
dc.subject.stwAllgemeinbildende Schuleen_US
dc.subject.stwBildungsniveauen_US
dc.subject.stwLohnniveauen_US
dc.subject.stwStatistischer Testen_US
dc.subject.stwBildungsertragen_US
dc.subject.stwEnglanden_US
dc.subject.stwWalesen_US
dc.subject.stwKlassengrösseen_US
dc.titleClass Size, Education, and Wagesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn352256427en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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