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Unpublished Paper
The Short and Long-Run Effects of Attending The Schools that Parents Prefer
(2018)
  • Diether W. Beuermann
  • C. Kirabo Jackson
Abstract
Using meta-analysis we find that, on average, sought-after schools do not improve student test scores. A potential explanation for this result is that parents value schools that improve outcomes not well-measured by test scores. We explore this notion using both administrative and survey data from Barbados. Using a regression discontinuity design, preferred schools have better peers but do not improve short-run test scores. Consistent with the proposed explanation, the same students at the same schools have more post-secondary school completion and
improved adult well-being (based on an index of educational attainment, occupational rank, earnings, and health). These long-run benefits are larger for females who also experience reduced teen motherhood. Mechanisms are explored.
Keywords
  • school quality,
  • longrun effects,
  • education and health,
  • education and wages
Publication Date
2018
Citation Information
Diether W. Beuermann and C. Kirabo Jackson. "The Short and Long-Run Effects of Attending The Schools that Parents Prefer" (2018)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/c_kirabo_jackson/37/