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The effect of tracking students by ability into different schools: a natural experiment

Guyon, Nina, Maurin, Eric and McNally, Sandra (2012) The effect of tracking students by ability into different schools: a natural experiment. The Journal of Human Resources, 47 (3). pp. 684-721. ISSN 0022-166X

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Abstract

The tracking of pupils by ability into elite and nonelite schools represents a controversial policy in many countries. There is no consensus on how large the elite track should be and little agreement on the effects of any further increase in its size. This paper presents a natural experiment where the increase in the size of the elite track was followed by a significant improvement in average educational outcomes. This experiment provides a rare opportunity to isolate the overall effect of allowing entry to the elite track for a group that was previously only at the margin of being admitted.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jhr.uwpress.org/
Additional Information: © 2012 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 15:27
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45095/

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