Identification of Causal Education Effects Using a Discontinuity in School Entry Tests: First Results from a Pilot Study

Boes, Stefan; Hangartner, Dominik; Schmid, Lukas (April 2011). Identification of Causal Education Effects Using a Discontinuity in School Entry Tests: First Results from a Pilot Study (Discussion Papers 11-03). Bern: Department of Economics

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We use a credible regression discontinuity design to estimate causal education effects.
Pupils in the Swiss education system had to pass a centrally organized exam that classified them into different levels of secondary school, and that ultimately determined their
educational degree. A major feature of this exam was the local randomization around the classification threshold due to the impossibility of strategic sorting. Our preliminary results suggest large and significant effects on earnings, political interest, and attitudes toward immigrants. The extension to a wider set of data is part of ongoing research.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Boes, Stefan; Hangartner, Dominik and Schmid, Lukas

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Series:

Discussion Papers

Publisher:

Department of Economics

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lars Tschannen

Date Deposited:

15 Oct 2020 17:29

Last Modified:

15 Oct 2020 17:29

JEL Classification:

D72, I21, J15, J31

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145743

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145743

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