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ERIC Number: EJ910209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
The Contributions of School Quality and Teacher Qualifications to Student Performance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Beijing Middle Schools
Lai, Fang; Sadoulet, Elisabeth; de Janvry, Alain
Journal of Human Resources, v46 n1 p123-153 Jan 2011
We use administrative data from the lottery-based open enrollment system in Beijing middle schools to obtain unbiased estimates of school fixed effects on student performance. To do this, we classify children in selection channels, with each channel representing a unique succession of lotteries through which a child was assigned to a school. Results show that school fixed effects are strong determinants of student performance. These fixed effects are shown to be highly correlated with teacher qualifications measured in particular by their official ranks. Teacher qualifications have about the same predictive power for student test scores as do school fixed effects. (Contains 2 figures, 6 tables and 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing)