Maestri, Virginia (2009): Can ethnic diversity have a positive effect on school achievement?
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While the share of non-native students in a class is supposed to have a non positive effect on school achievement, little is said about the heterogeneity of the ethnic minority make-up. Ethnic diversity can stimulate the creativity of students, can push them to be proficient in the instructional language, can reduce the scope of ethnic identification with all its possible drawbacks, but it may also worsen social interactions among pupils and make the job of teachers more difficult. I exploit the within school cohort variation in ethnic diversity of a rich data-set about primary education in the Netherlands to investigate whether ethnic diversity matters for school achievement, for whom it matters and which can be the mechanisms it may generate. I find that ethnic diversity has a positive impact on the test scores of minority students, in particular for language skills. I also find some evidence of a negative relationship between ethnic diversity and school social interaction among pupils.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Can ethnic diversity have a positive effect on school achievement?|
|Keywords:||ethnic diversity; education; peer effects|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Insititutions > I21 - Analysis of Education
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Insititutions > I28 - Government Policy
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
|Depositing User:||virginia maestri|
|Date Deposited:||14. Jun 2011 14:35|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 11:00|
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