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Catholic School Effectiveness in Australia: A Reassessment Using Selection on Observed and Unobserved Variables

Buly Cardak () and Joe Vecci ()
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Joe Vecci: School of Economics, Monash University

No 2013.05, Working Papers from School of Economics, La Trobe University

Abstract: This paper provides new estimates of the effect of Catholic school attendance on high schoolcompletion and university commencement and completion for Australian students. First, an instrumental variables approach is adopted where the probability of Catholic affiliation is used as an instrument. Consistent with the recent US literature, results based on this instrument are mixed. Instead, bounds are placed on the Catholic school effect using the assumption of equality between selection on observables and unobservables. The effect of Catholic school attendance is found to be smaller than previous results and negative treatment effects cannot be ruled out. Recent improvements in public school outcomes may have contributed to the smaller Catholic school effects.

Keywords: Catholic Schools; High School Completion; University Attendance; Selection Bias (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2013
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Note: ISSN-1837-2198
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