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Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU), Sweden; Uppsala Centre for Labour Studies (UCLS), Sweden; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Germany.
2014 (English)In: Economic Journal, ISSN 0013-0133, E-ISSN 1468-0297, Vol. 124, no 579, 977-1004 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In Sweden, children typically start school the year they turn seven. We combine this school entry cutoff with individuals' birthdates to estimate effects of school starting age (SSA) on educational attainment and long-run labour market outcomes. We find that school entry age raises educational attainment and show that postponing tracking until age 16 reduces the effect of SSA on educational attainment. On average, SSA only affects the allocation of labour supply over the life-cycle and leaves prime-age earnings unaffected. But for individuals with low-educated parents, we find that prime-age earnings increase in response to age at school start.

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2014. Vol. 124, no 579, 977-1004 p.
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108209DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12047ISI: 000341703000004OAI: diva2:760308


Available from: 2014-11-03 Created: 2014-10-15 Last updated: 2014-11-03Bibliographically approved

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