【经管院每周系列讲座第339期】Education curriculum and student achievement: theory and evidence
Title: Education curriculum and student achievement: theory and evidence
Speaker: Xuejuan Su, University of Alberta
Host: Bing Xu, associate professor, SWUFE
Time: 14:00-15:30, September 21, 2018
Venue: Room 412, Yide building, Liulin Campus
Abstract：We propose a theory of education curricula as horizontally differentiated by their paces. The pace of a curriculum and the preparedness of a student jointly determine the match quality of the curriculum for this student, so different students derive different benefits from learning under the same curriculum. Furthermore, a change in the curricular pace has distributional effects across students, benefiting some while hurting others. We test the model prediction using a quasi-natural experiment we call the G8 reform in Germany, which introduced a faster-paced curriculum for academic-track students. We find evidence consistent with our theory: While the reform improves students’ test scores on average, such benefits are more pronounced for well-prepared students. In contrast, less-prepared students do not seem to benefit from the reform.
主讲人简介：Professor Xuejuan Su is an associate economic professor from the University of Alberta. Her research fields are in public economics, economics of education, and economics of regulation.