Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/76321
Authors: 
Jürges, Hendrik
Schneider, Kerstin
Büchel, Felix
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 939
Abstract: 
This paper makes use of the regional variation in schooling legislation within the German secondary education system to estimate the causal effect of central exit examinations on student performance. We propose a difference-in-differences framework that exploits the quasi-experimental nature of the German TIMSS middle-school sample. The estimates show that students in federal states with central exit examinations clearly outperform students in other federal states, but that only part of the difference can be attributed to central exit examinations. Our results suggest that central examinations increase student achievement by about one third school year equivalent.
Subjects: 
education
central examinations
difference-in-differences
quasi-experiment
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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