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Title:Academic performance and single-sex schooling: Evidence from a natural experiment in Switzerland PDF Logo
Authors:Eisenkopf, Gerald
Hessami, Zohal
Fischbacher, Urs
Ursprung, Heinrich
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Economics of Education 3592
Abstract:We study the effects of random assignment to coeducational and single-sex classes on the academic performance of female high school students. Our estimation results show that single-sex schooling improves the performance of female students in mathematics. This positive effect increases if the single-sex class is taught by a male teacher. An accompanying survey reveals that single-sex schooling also strengthens female students' self-confidence and renders the self-assessment of their mathematics skills more level-headed. Single-sex schooling thus has profound implications for human capital formation and the mind-set of female students.
Subjects:gender math gap
single-sex education
coeducation
natural experiment
JEL:I21
J16
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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