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Students’ behavioural responses to a fallback option - Evidence from introducing interim degrees in german schools

Natalie Obergruber and Larissa Zierow ()

Economics of Education Review, 2020, vol. 75, issue C

Abstract: Without a school degree, students can have difficulty in the labour market. To improve the lives of upper-secondary school dropouts, German states instituted a school reform that awarded an interim degree to high-track students upon completion of Grade 9. Using retrospective spell data on school careers from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), our difference-in-differences approach exploits the staggered implementation of this reform between 1965 and 1996. As intended, the reform reduced downgrading to lower school tracks. Surprisingly, it also increased successful high-track completion, arguably by reducing the perceived risk of trying longer to succeed in the high-track school.

Keywords: School degree; School tracking; School dropout (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I24 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2020.101956

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