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Journal Article

Inequality in pupils' test scores: how much do family, sibling type and neighbourhood matter?

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Publication date

Apr 2013

Summary

We explore the relative influence of family and neighbourhood on pupils' test scores and how this varies by sibling type. Using English register data we find that the neighbourhood explains at most 10–15% of the variance in pupils' test scores, whereas the variance explained by family is between 44% and 54% at the end of primary school and between 47% and 61% at the end of compulsory schooling. The family influence is significantly higher for identical twins. It is also higher for dizygotic twins than for non-twin siblings brought up at different times and therefore experiencing varying family circumstances.

Published in

Economica

Volume and page numbers

80 , 197 -218

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12010

ISSN

16

Subjects

Area Effects, Education, and Child Development

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1597373~S5

Notes

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