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The Effect of Extra Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils on Achievement

Edwin Leuven (), Mikael Lindahl (), Hessel Oosterbeek () and Dinand Webbink ()
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Dinand Webbink: Erasmus University Rotterdam

No 1122, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper evaluates the effects of two subsidies targeted at disadvantaged pupils in the Netherlands. The first scheme gives primary schools with at least 70 percent minority pupils extra funding for personnel. The second scheme gives primary schools with at least 70 percent pupils from different disadvantaged groups extra funding for computers and software. The cutoffs at 70 percent provide a regression discontinuity design which we exploit in a local difference-in-differences framework. For both subsidies we find negative point estimates. For the personnel subsidy these are in most cases not significantly different from zero. For the computer subsidy we find more evidence of negative effects. We discuss several explanations for these counterintuitive results.

Keywords: regression discontinuity; disadvantaged students; computers; policy evaluation; teachers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2004-04
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Published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2007, 89 (4), 721-736

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