Do school entry laws affect educational attainment and labor market outcomes?

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Author: Dobkin, Carlos; Ferreira, Fernando


Age based school entry laws force parents and educators to consider an important tradeoff: though students who are the youngest in their school cohort typically have poorer academic performance, on average, they have slightly higher educational attainment. In this paper we document that for a large cohort of California and Texas natives the school entry laws increased educational attainment of students who enter school early, but also lowered their academic performance while in school. However, we find no evidence that the age at which children enter school effects job market outcomes,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Students; Labour market

Geographic subjects: North America; United States

Published: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science, 2010

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Journal volume: 29

Journal number: 1

Journal date: February 2010

Pages: pp.40-54

ISSN: 0272-7757

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 99.232

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