Title: Can ethnic diversity have a positive effect on school achievement?
Citation: EDUCATION ECONOMICS vol. 25 no. 4 p. 290-303
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC102457
ISSN: 0964-5292
URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09645292.2016.1238879
DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2016.1238879
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This study investigates the impact of ethnic diversity on test scores, on top of the effect of the share of non-native pupils. We use a rich survey of Dutch primary school students and exploit variations be- tween subsequent cohorts within the same school as our identification strategy. We find that ethnic diversity has a positive impact on the test scores of minority students, in particular for language skills. We also find some evidence of a negative relationship between ethnic di- diversity and school social integration. We suggest that ethnic diversity stimulates language proficiency and increases the time students spend studying.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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