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Speaking in numbers: The effect of reading performance on math performance among immigrants

Ingo Isphording (), Marc Piopiunik and Núria Rodriguez-Planas ()

Munich Reprints in Economics from University of Munich, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper is the first to estimate a causal effect of immigrant students' reading performance on their math performance. To overcome endogeneity issues due to unobserved ability, we apply an IV approach exploiting variation in age-at-arrival and the linguistic distance between origin and destination country languages. Using four PISA waves, we find a strong influence of reading performance on math performance, highlighting the importance of early language support for immigrants for their educational career. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Date: 2016
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Published in Economics Letters 139(2016): pp. 52-56

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