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Does the Age of Entry in Primary School affect Student’s Achievement?

Miguel Madeira (), Luis Nunes (), Ana Reis () and Maria do Carmo Seabra ()
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Miguel Madeira: Nova School of Business and Economics
Maria do Carmo Seabra: Nova SBE

Chapter 07 in Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, 2018, vol. 13, pp 133-150 from Asociación de Economía de la Educación

Abstract: The school starting age is one the factors that influence student’s educational attainment. Using a large dataset containing information of students from public schools in Portugal, it was possible to establish a positive relation between the entry age and educational outcomes, such as retentions and exam’s grades. However, deferring a child’s entry by one year does not seem to provide large benefits for students. This paper complements the analysis by understanding the main characteristics that lead to child’s deferment and reinforces the idea that educational policy is a complex issue for Governments to deal with.

Keywords: school starting age; student outcomes; deferment of school entry (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-949813-2-6
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