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Using compulsory mobility to identify school quality and peer effects

Kramarz, Francis, Machin, Stephen and Ouazad, Amine (2015) Using compulsory mobility to identify school quality and peer effects. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 77 (4). pp. 566-587. ISSN 0305-9049

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Identification Number: 10.1111/obes.12076


Education production functions that feature school and student fixed effects are identified using students' school mobility. However, student mobility is driven by factors like parents' labour market shocks and divorce. Movers experience large achievement drops, are more often minority and free meal students, and sort endogenously into peer groups and school types. We exploit an English institutional feature whereby some students must change schools between grades 2 and 3. We find no evidence of endogenous sorting of such compulsory movers across peer groups or school types. Non-compulsory movers bias school quality estimates downward by as much as 20% of a SD.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Department of Economics, University of Oxford and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2014 14:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:15
Funders: INSEAD, Centre for Economic Performance, CREST-INSEE

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