Working Papers, Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus
Beatrice Schindler Ragnvid
Evaluating Private School Quality in Denmark
Abstract: We estimate the private school effect on years of
schooling attained. Single equation models show no significant effect of
private schooling, while selectivity correction renders the estimate
negative, but still insignificant. Results from estimations of different
private school types reveal significant positive and negative coefficients
in single equation models, which are reduced and rendered insignificant by
IV estimation. Also, we show how our extensive set of controls reduces
omitted variables bias potentially present in studies with more limited
data sets that are typical for this literature. Including additional
controls eliminates the significant positive OLS private school effect from
a more simple model.
45 pages, February 1, 2003
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