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Pupil mobility and school disruption

Gibbons, Stephen and Telhaj, Shqiponja (2011) Pupil mobility and school disruption. Journal of Public Economics, 95 (9-10). pp. 1156-1167. ISSN 0047-2727

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Abstract

Pupil mobility between schools is something to be encouraged if it facilitates the efficient matching of pupils to provision, but discouraged if turnover imposes costs on other pupils through disruption in teaching and learning. With this in mind, we consider the externalities imposed by entrants on the achievements of incumbent pupils in English primary schools. We find that immobile pupils who experience high pupil entry rates in their yeargroups (à la US "grades") progress less well academically between ages 7 and 11 than pupils who experience low mobility in the same school. The disruptive externalities of mobility are statistically significant, but quite small in terms of their educational impact. An increase in annual entry rates from 0 to 10% (a 4 standard deviation change) would set the average incumbent pupil back by between 1 and 2. weeks, or about 5% of one standard deviation of the gain in pupil achievement between ages 7 and 11.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescriptio...
Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2011 10:29
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38069/

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