The effect of central exit examinations on student achievement: Quasi-experimental evidence from TIMSS Germany

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 26.11.2002, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Hendrik Jürges (University of Mannheim)


This paper makes use of the regional variation in schooling legislation within the German secondary education system to estimate the causal effect of central exit examinations on student performance. We propose alternative difference-in-differences estimators that exploit the quasi-experimental nature of the national TIMSS middle school sample. The estimates show that students in federal states with central exit examinations clearly outperform students in other federal states, but that only part of this difference is due to central exit examinations themselves. Our most preferred estimator suggests that such examinations increase student achievement by at least one third school year equivalent.

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