Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107553
Authors: 
Görlitz, Katja
Gravert, Christina
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8766
Abstract: 
This paper evaluates the effects of a high school curriculum reform that was introduced in one German state on high school dropout. The reform increased the standards of the curriculum by reducing the freedom of choice in course selection (amongst other things) resulting in an increase in the level and the weekly teaching hours in the subjects German, a foreign language, mathematics and natural sciences. Using a quasi-experimental evaluation design exploiting variation across time and states, we identify the reform effect on students' probability to graduate from high school. The results show that high school dropout rates have increased for males and females alike. However, the effect for males vanishes two years after reform implementation, while it remains persistent for females even after three years.
Subjects: 
high school curriculum reform
high school dropout
school performance
JEL: 
D04
I21
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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