Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141516
Authors: 
Booij, Adam S.
Haan, Ferry
Plug, Erik
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9757
Abstract: 
We examine the effect of a gifted and talented program in academic secondary education. Students are assigned based on a cutoff score in a cognitive aptitude test, which we exploit in a fuzzy regression discontinuity framework to identify program effects. We find that assigned students obtain higher grades, follow a more science intensive curriculum (most notably for girls), and report stronger beliefs about their academic abilities. We also find that these positive effects persist in university, where students choose more challenging fields of study with, on average, higher returns. Together, these findings are consistent with a human capital interpretation.
Subjects: 
gifted and talented education
enrichment program
secondary education
regression discontinuity
JEL: 
I22
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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