Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/37428
Authors: 
Büttner, Bettina
Thomsen, Stephan L.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie - Session: Empirical Studies of Education C10-V1
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the impact of shortening the duration of secondary schooling on the accumulation of human capital. In 2003, an educational policy reform was enacted in Saxony-Anhalt, a German state, providing a natural experimental setting. The thirteenth year of schooling was eliminated for those students currently attending the ninth grade. Tenth grade students were unaffected. The academic curriculum remained almost unaltered. Primary data collected from the double cohort of 2007 Abitur graduates reveals significantly negative effects for both genders in mathematics. Only females were negatively effected in English and the results obtained in German literature were statistically insignificant.
Subjects: 
student performance
school duration
learning intensity
natural experiment
JEL: 
I21
J18
C21
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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