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Jeudi 5 Mai 2011

Björn ÖCKERT (Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU), Uppsala, Sweden)
"The Long-term Effects of Class Size"
(with Peter Fredriksson and Hessel Oosterbeek)

de 14 h à 15 h 30 en Salle S016 à l'INSEE-CREST, 15 Boulevard Gabriel Péri, 92245 MALAKOFF (Métro : Malakoff/Plateau de Vanves (Immeuble "Malakoff 2)).

Résumé : This paper evaluates the long-term effects of class size in primary school. We use rich administrative data from Sweden and exploit variation in class size created by a maximum class size rule. Smaller classes in the last three years of primary school (age 10 to 13) are beneficial for cognitive test scores at age 13 as well as for cognitive test score at ages 16 and 18, for non-cognitive skills at age 18, and for completed education and earnings at age 30 to 40. All these effects are mainly concentrated among children of parents with education above the median, especially if most of their classmates' parents have education below the median.