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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
Abstract: Students in Brazil are typically assigned to classes based on their age ranking in their school grade. I exploit this rule to estimate the effects on maths achievement of being in a class with older peers for students in fifth grade of primary school. Because grade repetition is widespread in Brazil, the distribution of age is skewed to the right and hence age heterogeneity is typically higher in older classes. I provide evidence that heterogeneity in age is the driving factor behind the large negative estimated effect of being in an older class. 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
Embargo on file until: 15-Jul-2018
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: JEL: I20, I21 This paper is currently R&R at the Scandinavian Journal of Economics and I will resubmit a revised version by the end of the year.
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