Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170820
Authors: 
Booij, Adam S.
Haan, Ferry
Plug, Erik
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10836
Abstract: 
We conduct a study under 2,400 third grade students at three large secondary comprehensive schools to evaluate a gifted and talented (GT) program with selective program admission based on past achievement. We construct three complementary estimates of the program's impact on student achievement. First, we use the fragmented GT program implementation (in different tracks at different schools) to get difference-in-differences (DD) estimates for all students above the admission cutoff. Second, we use the GT admission rule to get regression discontinuity (RD) estimates for students near the admission cutoff. And third, we combine the DD and RD designs to estimate how the program's impact varies with past achievement. We find that all participating students do better because of the GT program. Students near the admission cutoff experience a 0.2 standard deviation gain in their grade point average. Students further away from the admission cutoff experience larger gains.
Subjects: 
difference-in-differences
secondary education
enrichment program
gifted and talented education
regression discontinuity designs
JEL: 
I22
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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