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The Effect of Weekly Instruction Time on Academic Achievement: The Spanish Case

Luis Alejandro López-Agudo () and Oscar Marcenaro Gutierrez ()
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Luis Alejandro López-Agudo: Universidad de Málaga

Hacienda Pública Española / Review of Public Economics, 2019, vol. 230, issue 3, 63-93

Abstract: This research checks if the amount of weekly instruction time received by 15 year-old Spanish students actually affects their academic achievement and if this effect differs by Autonomous Community. The employed student fixed effects between-subjects let us isolate this effect of instruction time from other covariates. Results show that there is not any significant effect of instruction time on academic achieve¬ment, being this conclusion extended to the Autonomous Communities under analysis. This result suggests that a previous evaluation of the weekly instruction time set by the Spanish 2013 education law would have been needed before its implementation.

Keywords: Weekly instruction time; Student fixed effects; Spain; Autonomous Communities; Second¬ary education. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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