Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71185
Authors: 
Vaag Iversen, Jon Marius
Bonesrønning, Hans
Pettersen, Ivar
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper: Economics of Education 4156
Abstract: 
We investigate whether the academic performance of non-eligible students - in an institutional setting of full inclusion - are affected by special education resources. Special education resources are per definition provided in a compensatory manner, and are increasingly being targeted to misbehaving students. The hypothesis is thus that special education resources might dampen the negative externalities associated with misbehaving students, and thus work to improve the performance of non-eligible students. We take advantage of a large, across-the-board increase in the proportion of eligible students, and combine fixed effects with an IV-approach, to identify the causal effects of special education on the academic performance of non-eligible students. We find that non-eligible students are positively affected by an increase in the number of hours in special education per eligible student.
Subjects: 
student achievement
special education
externalities
JEL: 
I20
I28
H52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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