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Single-Sex Schools, Student Achievement, and Course Selection: Evidence from Rule-Based Student Assignments in Trinidad and Tobago

C. Kirabo Jackson;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2011 Journal: Journal of Public Economics, volume 96, pages 173-187 (issn: 0047-2727, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Existing studies on single-sex schooling suffer from biases because students who attend single-sex schools differ in unmeasured ways from those who do not. In Trinidad and Tobago, students are assigned to secondary schools based on an algorithm allowing one to address self-selection bias and estimate the causal effect of attending a single-sex school versus a similar coeducational school. While females with strong expressed preferences for single-sex schools have better 10th grade exam performance due to attending single-sex schools between grades 6 and10, most students perform no better at single-sex schools. Girls at single-sex-schools take fewer sciences cour...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Finance, Single sex, Economics, Student achievement, Causal effect, Mathematics education, Rule-based system, jel:I20, jel:J0
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Hoxby, Caroline M, and Gretchen Weingarth. "Taking Race Out of the Equation: School Reassignment and the Structure of Peer Effects." mimeo, 2006.

Hoxby, Caroline. "Peer Effects in the Classroom: Learning from Gender and Race Variation." National Bureau of Economic Reserch Working Paper 7867, 2000. [OpenAIRE]

21 references, page 1 of 2
Abstract
Existing studies on single-sex schooling suffer from biases because students who attend single-sex schools differ in unmeasured ways from those who do not. In Trinidad and Tobago, students are assigned to secondary schools based on an algorithm allowing one to address self-selection bias and estimate the causal effect of attending a single-sex school versus a similar coeducational school. While females with strong expressed preferences for single-sex schools have better 10th grade exam performance due to attending single-sex schools between grades 6 and10, most students perform no better at single-sex schools. Girls at single-sex-schools take fewer sciences cour...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Finance, Single sex, Economics, Student achievement, Causal effect, Mathematics education, Rule-based system, jel:I20, jel:J0
Related Organizations
21 references, page 1 of 2

Akerlof, George A., and Rachel E. Kranton. "Economics And Identity." The Quarterly Journal of Economics 115, no. 3 (2000): 715-753.

Beyer, Sylvia. "Gender Differences in the Accuracy of Self-Evaluations of Performance." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology LIX (1990): 960-970.

Beyer, Sylvia, and Edward M. Bowden. "Gender Differences in Self-Perceptions: Convergent Evidence from Three Measures of Accuracy and Bias." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin XXIII (1997): 157-172.

Campbell, Donald T. "Reforms and experiments." American Psychologist 24 (1969): 409-429.

Coleman, J. The adolescent society. New York: Free Press, 1961.

Cross, S. E., and L. Madson. "Models of the self: Self-construals and gender." Psychological Bulletin, no. 122 (1997): 5-37. [OpenAIRE]

Ding, Weili, and Steven F. Lehrer. "Do Peers Affect Student Achievement in China's Secondary Schools?" Review of Economics and Statistics 89, no. 2 (2007): 300-312. [OpenAIRE]

Duflo, Esther, Pascaline Dupas, and Michael Kremer. "Peer Effects, Teacher Incentives, and the Impact of Tracking: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Kenya." working paper, 2009.

Eagly, A. H. "Sex differences in influenceability." Psychological Bulletin, no. 85 (1978): 86-116.

Fisher, Gary. The Identification Problem in Econometrics. Huntington, New York: Robert E. Kreiger Publishing Company, 1976.

Garner, Richard. "Why single-sex schools are bad for your health (if you're a boy)." The Independent, December 1, 2009.

Harker, R. "Achievement, Gender and the Single-Sex/Coed Debate." British Journal of Sociology of Education 21, no. 2 (2000): 203-218.

Higgins, E.T. "Development of self-regulatory and self-evaluative processes: costs, benefits, and tradeoffs." In Self processes and development, edited by Gunnar and Sroufe, 125-165. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991.

Hoxby, Caroline M, and Gretchen Weingarth. "Taking Race Out of the Equation: School Reassignment and the Structure of Peer Effects." mimeo, 2006.

Hoxby, Caroline. "Peer Effects in the Classroom: Learning from Gender and Race Variation." National Bureau of Economic Reserch Working Paper 7867, 2000. [OpenAIRE]

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