EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Good Schools or Good Students? The Importance of Selectivity for School Rankings

Aedín Doris (), Donal O'Neill () and Olive Sweetman

No 12459, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper uses a rich set of student background characteristics, including early measures of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, to estimate the value added of second-level schools in Ireland. Although there are high performing schools in both raw and value-added terms, there is a considerable degree of reranking of schools when we move to value added. In many cases the best performing schools in raw terms are not the best in value-added terms. In addition we find that parents tend to choose schools on the basis of raw results rather than value added. We estimate that if parents chose the best value-added school from among the set of feasible schools, then this reallocation of students would increase academic achievement substantially.

Keywords: school value added; school choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ure
Date: 2019-07
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://ftp.iza.org/dp12459.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Good Schools or Good Students? The Importance of Selectivity for School Rankings (2019) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:iza:izadps:dp12459

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
IZA, Margard Ody, P.O. Box 7240, D-53072 Bonn, Germany

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) IZA, P.O. Box 7240, D-53072 Bonn, Germany. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Holger Hinte ().

 
Page updated 2019-11-19
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp12459