Resources and student achievement - Evidence from a Swedish policy reform
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, Vol. 110, no 2, 277-296 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A policy change is used to estimate the effect of teacher density on student performance. We find that an increase in teacher density has a positive effect on student achievement. The baseline estimate—obtained by using the grade-point average as the outcome variable—implies that resource increases corresponding to the class-size reduction in the STAR experiment (a reduction of seven students) improves performance by 2.6 percentile ranks (or 0.08 standard deviations). When we used test-score data for men, potentially a more objective measure of student performance, the effect of resources appears to be twice as large.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 110, no 2, 277-296 p.
Student performance • teacher/student ratio • policy reform • difference-in-differences
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108541DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2008.00538.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108541DiVA: diva2:236227