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A Researcher's Guide to the Swedish Compulsory School Reform
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2007 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When studying different types of returns to education, educational reforms are commonly used in the economics literature as a source of exogenous variation in education. The Swedish compulsory school reform is one example; the reform extended compulsory education throughout the country, in different municipalities at different points in time. Such variation across cohorts and regions can be used in a differences-in-differences framework, in order to estimate causal effects of education. This paper provides a guide to researchers who consider using the Swedish reform in an empirical analysis: I present a description and background of the reform, provide some baseline results, a reliability analysis of the reform coding, a discussion of whether the reform is a valid instrument, and comment on the interpretation of IV estimates of returns to schooling.

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2007. , 52 p.
Swedish Institute for Social Research, ISSN 0283-8222 ; 9/2007
, SOFIs Meddelande/Working papers, 9/2007
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21051OAI: diva2:187577
Available from: 2007-12-05 Created: 2007-12-05 Last updated: 2012-02-15Bibliographically approved

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