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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:Puhani, Patrick A.
Weber, Andrea Maria
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1827
Abstract:We estimate the effect of age of school entry on educational attainment using three different data sets for Germany, sampling pupils at the end of primary school, in the middle of secondary school and several years after 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 attainment for pupils who enter school at seven instead of six years of age: Test scores at the end of primary school increase by about 0.42 standard deviations and years of secondary schooling increase by almost half a year.
Subjects:education
immigration
policy
identification
JEL:I21
I28
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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