January 15, 2016
This paper estimates the impact of elite school attendance on long-run outcomes including completed education, income, and fertility. Our data consist of individuals born in the 1950s and educated in a UK district that assigned students to either elite or non-elite secondary schools. Using instrumental variables methods that exploit the school assignment formula, we find that elite school attendance had large impacts on completed education. Surprisingly, there are no significant effects on most labor market outcomes except for an increase in female income. By contrast, we document a large and significant negative impact on female fertility.
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Volume and page numbers
Volume: 8 , p.150 -176
Is referenced by: Kitchen, C. and Hobbs, A. (2016) ‘Academic evidence on selective secondary education’. London: Great Britain. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
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