Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213590
Authors: 
Hampf, Franziska
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
ifo Working Paper No. 313
Abstract: 
Based on high-quality skill data from PIAAC, this paper provides evidence on the effect of schooling on labor-market relevant cognitive skills. For identification, I exploit the staggered introduction of a compulsory ninth grade in basic track schools across German states, as well as a simultaneous reform that introduced short school years to harmonize the start of the school year nation-wide. Instrumental-variable results suggest that the additional year of compulsory schooling increased numeracy skills of basic-track students by about 0.2 standard deviations. Using superior skill data, the results contrast with previous evidence of zero skill effects of compulsory schooling in Germany.
Subjects: 
Returns to education
compulsory schooling reform
skills
PIAAC
JEL: 
I21
I24
C26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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