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Title:Why is the timing of school tracking so heterogeneous? PDF Logo
Authors:Ariga, Kenn
Brunello, Giorgio
Iwahashi, Roki
Rocco, Lorenzo
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1854
Abstract:Secondary schools in the developed world differ in the degree of differentiation and in the first age of selection of pupils into different tracks. In this paper, we account for the heterogeneity of tracking time with a simple stochastic model which conjugates the returns from specialization with the costs of early selection. We calibrate the model for 20 countries including most of Europe, the US and Japan and show that the model performs rather well in replicating the observed heterogeneity, with the remarkable exception of Germany.
Subjects:tracking
secondary schools
JEL:H52
H73
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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