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ERIC Number: ED530653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 73
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISBN: ISBN-0-7530-2085-8
ISSN: ISSN-2045-6557
The Long Term Impacts of Compulsory Schooling: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in School Leaving Dates. CEE DP 74
Del Bono, Emilia; Galindo-Rueda, Fernando
Centre for the Economics of Education (NJ1)
This paper investigates a unique feature of the English educational system to estimate the causal effect of compulsory schooling on labour market outcomes. We examine school leaving rules that allow for discrete variation in exit dates by date of birth within school cohorts. This natural experiment enables a regression discontinuity design that differences out confounding factors discussed in the literature. Individuals compelled to stay in school for as little as three months longer than their classmates tend to achieve significantly higher qualification levels and experience better labour market outcomes. Our analysis of variation of impacts by age of compulsory schooling allows us to provide valuable new insights on the role of education credentials in the labour market. Appended are: (1) Details on the Matched JUVOS-NES Dataset; and (2) General features of the U.K. educational system. (Contains 11 tables, 15 figures and 39 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department for Education and Skills
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics & Political Science, Centre for the Economics of Education
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)