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Repetition: Medicine for a Short-Run Remission

Elodie Alet, Liliane Bonnal and Pascal Favard ()

TSE Working Papers from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)

Abstract: This paper estimates the treatment effect of grade repetition on subsequent schooling performances in France. We correct for potential selection issues associated with grade retention, using a multi-stage econometric model. We find that early grade repetition (Grade 1 or 2) leads to an increase in test scores in the very short-run (in grade 3) but this positive effect is only transitory, as it becomes negative 3 or 4 years after the retention (in grade 6).

Keywords: grade retention; treatment effect; endogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-05
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