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Heterogeneous class size effects: new evidence from a panel of university students

By Oriana Bandiera, Valentino Larcinese and Imran Rasul

Abstract

Using administrative records from a UK university, we present evidence on the effects of class size on students' test scores. We estimate non-linear class size effects controlling for unobserved heterogen-eity of students and faculty. We find that: (i) at the average class size, the effect size is -0.108; (ii) the effect size is negative and significant only for the smallest and largest ranges of class sizes and zero in intermediate class sizes; (iii) students at the top of the test score distribution are more affected by changes in class size, especially when class sizes are very large

Topics: LB2300 Higher Education
Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2010.02364.x
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:33263
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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