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The Long-Run Effects of Attending an Elite School: Evidence from the United Kingdom

Clark, Damon and Del Bono, Emilia (2016) 'The Long-Run Effects of Attending an Elite School: Evidence from the United Kingdom.' American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8 (1). pp. 150-176. ISSN 1945-7782

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Source info: IZA Discussion Paper No. 8617
Uncontrolled Keywords: I2; J24; C31; C36; education; school quality; instrumental variables
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 16:27
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:24

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