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Title:Long-term effects of class size PDF Logo
Authors:Fredriksson, Peter
Öckert, Björn
Oosterbeek, Hessel
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5879
Abstract:This paper evaluates the long-term effects of class size in primary school. We use rich administrative data from Sweden and exploit variation in class size created by a maximum class size rule. Smaller classes in the last three years of primary school (age 10 to 13) are not only beneficial for cognitive test scores at age 13 but also for non-cognitive scores at that age, for cognitive test scores at ages 16 and 18, and for completed education and wages at age 27 to 42. The estimated effect on wages is much larger than any indirect (imputed) estimate of the wage effect, and is large enough to pass a cost-benefit test.
Subjects:class size
regression discontinuity
cognitive skills
non-cognitive skills
educational attainment
earnings
JEL:I21
I28
J24
C31
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201108093062
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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