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Can rising instructional time crowd out student pro-social behaviour? Unintended consequences of a German high school reform

Krekel, Christian (2017) Can rising instructional time crowd out student pro-social behaviour? Unintended consequences of a German high school reform. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1495). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

We study whether raising instructional time can crowd out student pro-social behaviour. To this end, we exploit a large educational reform in Germany that has raised weekly instructional hours for high school students by 12.5% as a quasi-natural experiment. Using a difference-in-differences design, we find that this rise has a negative and sizeable effect on volunteering, both at the intensive and at the extensive margin. It also affects political interest. There is no similar crowding out of scholastic involvement, but no substitution either. Impacts seem to be driven by a reduction in available leisure time as opposed to a rise in intensity of instruction, and to be temporary only. Robustness checks, including placebo tests and triple differencing, confirm our results

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D01 - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I21 - Analysis of Education
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I28 - Government Policy
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 14:26
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2019 00:04
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86587

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