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Relative Age, Class Assignment and Academic Performance: Evidence from Brazilian Primary Schools
journal contributionposted 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.
CitationScandinavian Journal of Economics, 2016, DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12215
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Economics
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