Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 22 December 2021 – ZOOM

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You are invited to join the weekly Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 22 December 2021, from 13.15 to 14.45 pm. The seminar will be held via Zoom. Kamila Cygan-Rehm (LIfBi at University of Bamberg) will be talking about „Lifetime consequences of lost instructional time in the  classroom: Evidence from shortened school years“.

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This study estimates the lifetime effects of a compressed schooling duration on earnings and employment. For identification, I use historical shifts in the starting date of the school year in  Germany, which shortened the duration of the affected school years by approximately one-third with no adjustments in the core curriculum. The lost instructional time in the classroom was mainly substituted by additional homework and reduced emphasis on non-core subjects. Applying a difference-in-differences design to social security records,  which allow me to follow the exposed individuals nearly over their entire occupational careers, I find adverse effects of the policy on lifetime earnings and employment but not on educational attainment. Complementary analyses using survey data reveal long-lasting imprints on cognitive skills and personality traits, which seem plausible mechanisms behind the deteriorated labor market outcomes.