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ERIC Number: EJ770738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0964-5292
Education Production Functions Using Instructional Time as an Input
Coates, Dennis
Education Economics, v11 n3 p273-292 Dec 2003
This paper contributes to the literature on the effectiveness of schools. The analysis is unique in using data on the minutes of instruction per day in each of four subjects taught in the public elementary schools in Illinois. Few education production function papers have information on the amount of instruction students receive in a given subject. The results generally indicate that time spent in mathematics and English instruction pays off in terms of improved mathematics and reading test scores. There is evidence that time spent in social studies instruction raises reading and writing scores. Additionally, the data span 3 years so that individual school-specific fixed effects are estimated and found to be strongly significant. Inclusion of these fixed effects has dramatic consequences for the parameter estimates on several variables, in some cases raising and in others reducing the estimated parameter values. (Contains 12 tables and 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
IES Cited: ED497041