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The effect of school quality on educational attainment and wages

Dearden, L.; Ferri, J.; Meghir, C.; (2000) The effect of school quality on educational attainment and wages. (IFS Working Papers W00/22). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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The paper examines the effects of school pupil-teacher ratios and type of school on educational attainment and wages using the British National Child Development survey (NCDS). The NCDS is a panel survey which has followed a cohort of individuals born in March 1958, and has a rich set of background variables recorded throughout the individual's life. The results suggest that, once we control for ability and family background, the pupil-teacher ratio has no impact on educational qualifications or on male wages. It has an impact on women’s wages at the age of 33, particularly those of low ability. We also find evidence that those who attend selective schools have better educational outcomes and, in the case of men, higher wages at the age of 33. The impact is higher for the type of individuals who are less likely not to attend selective schools, but for whom a comparison group does exist among those attending.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: The effect of school quality on educational attainment and wages
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/2068
Language: English
Additional information: Please see http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/14945/ for another working paper version
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3911
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