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Title:Does the Early Bird Catch the Worm? Instrumental Variable Estimates of Educational Effects of Age of School Entry in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Weber, Andrea Maria
Puhani, Patrick A.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Diskussionspapiere des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Universität Hannover 332
Abstract:We estimate the effect of age of school entry on educational outcomes using two different data sets for Germany, sampling pupils at the end of primary school and in the middle of 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 outcomes for pupils who enter school at seven instead of six years of age: Test scores at the end of primary school increase by about 0.40 standard deviations and the probability to attend the highest secondary schooling track (Gymnasium) increases by about twelve percentage points.
Subjects:education
immigration
policy
identification
JEL:J24
I21
I28
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Diskussionspapiere, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Hannover

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