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Heterogeneous class size effects: new evidence from a panel of university students

Bandiera, Oriana, Larcinese, Valentino and Rasul, Imran (2010) Heterogeneous class size effects: new evidence from a panel of university students. The Economic Journal, 120 (549). pp. 1365-1398. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2010.02364.x


Using administrative records from a UK university, we present evidence on the effects of class size on students' test scores. We estimate non-linear class size effects controlling for unobserved heterogen-eity of students and faculty. We find that: (i) at the average class size, the effect size is -0.108; (ii) the effect size is negative and significant only for the smallest and largest ranges of class sizes and zero in intermediate class sizes; (iii) students at the top of the test score distribution are more affected by changes in class size, especially when class sizes are very large.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Departments > Economics
Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2011 16:45
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 02:07

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