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Title: Relative Age, Class Assignment and Academic Performance: Evidence from Brazilian Primary Schools
Authors: Foureaux Koppensteiner, Martin
First Published: 15-Jul-2016
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2016, DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12215
Abstract: Students in Brazil are typically assigned to classes based on the age ranking in their cohort. I exploit this rule to estimate the effects on maths achievement of being in class with older peers for students in fifth grade. I find that being assigned to the older class leads to a drop in Math scores of about 0.4 of a standard deviation for students at the cut-off. I provide evidence that heterogeneity in age is an important factor behind this effect. Information on teaching practices and student behaviour sheds light on how class heterogeneity harms learning.
DOI Link: 10.1111/sjoe.12215
ISSN: 0347-0520
eISSN: 1467-9442
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Wiley, 2016. This version of the article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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