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The Effect of Schooling and Ability on Achievement Test Scores

Karsten T. Hansen (), James Heckman and Kathleen Mullen ()
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Karsten T. Hansen: Northwestern University

No 826, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper develops two methods for estimating the effect of schooling on achievement test scores that control for the endogeneity of schooling by postulating that both schooling and test scores are generated by a common unobserved latent ability. These methods are applied to data on schooling and test scores. Estimates from the two methods are in close agreement. We find that the effects of schooling on test scores are roughly linear across schooling levels. The effects of schooling on measured test scores are slightly larger for lower latent ability levels. We find that schooling increases the AFQT score on average between 2 and 4 percentage points, roughly twice as large as the effect claimed by Herrnstein and Murray (1994) but in agreement with estimates produced by Neal and Johnson (1996) and Winship and Korenman (1997). We extend the previous literature by estimating the impact of schooling on measured test scores at various quantiles of the latent ability distribution.

Keywords: latent variables; MCMC; ability; education; selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C35 C15 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-07
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Published in: Journal of Econometrics, 2004, 121 (1-2), 39-98

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