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Tracking can be more equitable than mixing: peer effects and college attendance

Marisa Hidalgo Hidalgo ()
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Marisa Hidalgo Hidalgo: Department of Economics, Universidad Pablo de Olavide

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No 09.04, Working Papers from Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Department of Economics

Abstract: Parents and policy makers often wonder whether, and how, the choice between a tracked or a mixed educational system affects the efficiency and equity of national educational outcomes. This paper analyzes this question taking into account their impact on educational results at later stages and two main results are found. First, it shows that tracking can be the efficient system in societies where the opportunity cost of college attendance is high or the pre-school achievement distribution is very dispersed. Second, this paper shows that although conventional wisdom suggests that equality of opportunities is best guaranteed under mixing, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, tracking is the most equitable system for students with intermediate levels of human capital required to attend college..

Keywords: Peer Effects; Tracking; Mixing; College attendance gap. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I28 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 2009-04, Revised 2012-07
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