Using Maimonides&Apos; Rule to Estimate the Effect of Class Size on Student Achievement

@article{Angrist1997UsingMR,
  title={Using Maimonides\&Apos; Rule to Estimate the Effect of Class Size on Student Achievement},
  author={Joshua David Angrist and Victor Lavy},
  journal={Public Economics: Publicly Provided Goods eJournal},
  year={1997}
}
The effect of class size on student achievement has long been of concern to educators, parents, and scholars. In Israeli public schools today, class size is partly determined using a rule proposed by Maimonides in the 12th century. This rule induces a nonlinear and non-monotonic relationship between enroll- ment size and class size. We use this relationship to construct instrumental variables estimates of the effect of class size on the test scores of Israeli 4th and 5th graders in 1991 and 3rd… Expand
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