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Relative Age, Class Assignment and Academic Performance: Evidence from Brazilian Primary Schools

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posted on 2016-10-10, 11:36 authored by Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner
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.

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Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2016, DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12215

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Economics

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Scandinavian Journal of Economics

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Wiley

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0347-0520

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1467-9442

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2016-07-15

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2016

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2018-07-15

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sjoe.12215/full

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en

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