The concentration of pupils with a foreign background andschooling performance
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
This paper is aimed to investigate the effect of a presence (fraction) of students with a foreign background in Swedish schools on own group schooling performance, that of all students regardless of family background and that of peers with a Swedish background. I use school level data from the Swedish National Agency for Education (NAE) to assess how the presence of immigrant pupils in the ninth and final year of compulsory education influences educational attainment measured by high school eligibility and the GradePoint Average. Fixed effects estimation results suggest a robust negative association between the fraction of immigrant students and their own scholastic performance and that of all students regardless of family history. However, the effect of the presence of immigrant students on schooling outcome of their native Swedish peers is not statistically significantly different from zero. Instrumenting the presence of immigrant students shows that even after accounting for residential sorting and/or housing segregation, school choice and schoolcream-skimming of students, the presence of immigrant pupils impact negatively the Grade Point Average for all students. Nonetheless, neither IV-estimates reveal evidence that students with an immigrant background impact schooling results amongst students with a Swedish family background.
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immigrant pupils; schooling performance
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317357OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317357DiVA: diva2:1081412
Grönqvist, Hans, Biträdande universitetslektor