Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56812
Authors: 
Buscha, Franz
Conte, Anna
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2010,062
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the relationship between educational attainment and truancy. Using data from the Youth Cohort Study of England and Wales, we estimate the causal impact that truancy has on educational attainment at age 16. Problematic is that both truancy and attainment are measured as ordered responses requiring a bivariate ordered probit model to account for the potential endogeneity of truancy. Furthermore, we extent the naive bivariate ordered probit estimator to include mixed effects which allows us to estimate the distribution of the truancy effect on educational attainment. This estimator offers a more flexible parametric setting to recover the causal effect of truancy on education and results suggest that the impact of truancy on education is indeed more complex than implied by the naive estimator.
Subjects: 
educational attainment
truancy
bivariate ordered probit
mixed effects
JEL: 
I20
C35
C51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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