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Modeling the Effects of Grade Retention in High School

Stijn Baert (), Bart Cockx () and Matteo Picchio ()

No 417, Working Papers from Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali

Abstract: A dynamic discrete choice model is set up to estimate the effects of grade retention in high school, both in the short- (end-of-year evaluation) and long-run (drop-out and delay). In contrast to regression discontinuity designs, this approach captures treatment heterogeneity and controls for grade-varying unobservable determinants. We deal with initial conditions and with partial observability of the track choices at the start of high school. Forced track downgrading is considered as an alternative remedial measure. In the longrun, grade retention and its alternative have adverse effects on schooling outcomes and, more so, for less able pupils.

Keywords: Education; dynamic discrete choice models; grade retention; heterogeneous treatment effects; track mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 C35 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-02
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