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Admissible statistics of educational achievement scores
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2010 (English)In: Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5 / [ed] María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia, Domingo P. Ximénez-de-Embún, José María Gómez-Sancho, Gregorio Giménez Esteban, Madrid: Aede, asociacion de economia de la educacion , 2010, 781-796 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Labor economists regularly regress educational achievement scores on covariates to examine what acts achievement. I discuss the measurement and interpretation of achievement scores, and argue that, as the scores are typically measured on an ordinal scale, their analysis in terms of higher level statistics such as means is inappropriate, and that we should use quantile-based analysis instead. I investigate how large possible bias from mean-based methods is by comparing test score distributions to the distribution of monetary value of the same scores. In most cases, the bias will be quantitatively small, and conclusions qualitatively robust.

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Madrid: Aede, asociacion de economia de la educacion , 2010. 781-796 p.
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Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, Asociación de Economía de la Educación, volume 5
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56170OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-56170DiVA: diva2:409960
Available from: 2011-04-12 Created: 2011-04-12 Last updated: 2014-11-17Bibliographically approved

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