School Inputs and Skills: Complementarity and Self-Productivity

45 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2014

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Cheti Nicoletti

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies

Birgitta Rabe

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Abstract

Using administrative data on schools in England, we estimate an education production model of cognitive skills at the end of secondary school. We provide empirical evidence of self-productivity of skills and of complementarity between secondary school inputs and skills at the end of primary school. Our inference relies on idiosyncratic variation in school expenditure and child fixed effect estimation that controls for the endogeneity of past skills. The persistence in cognitive ability is 0.221 and the return to school expenditure is three times higher for students at the top of the past attainment distribution than for those at the bottom.

Keywords: education production function, test scores, school quality, complementarity

JEL Classification: I22, I24

Suggested Citation

Nicoletti, Cheti and Rabe, Birgitta, School Inputs and Skills: Complementarity and Self-Productivity. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8693, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2543887

Cheti Nicoletti (Contact Author)

University of York - Department of Economics and Related Studies ( email )

Heslington
York, YO1 5DD
United Kingdom

Birgitta Rabe

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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