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Abstract: Noncognitive ability is difficult to delineate because it
encompasses virtually all skills and personality traits that cannot be measured in
standardized tests. In this paper, I focus on a specific construct, student engagement to
study the impact of class size on this noncognitive variable. I employ the identification
method that Dee and West (2008) developed to analyze data sets ... read morefrom NELS:88/90 (National
Education Longitudinal Study of 1988). I examine whether a lower student-teacher ratio
leads to positive changes in 10th graders' noncognitive skills. Comparing the eighth grade
estimation from replication of Dee and West, I find that the effects of class size are
minimal in Grade 10. Moreover, I do not observe any heterogeneous class size effect across
various demographic groups.
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Economics.
Advisor: David Garman.
Committee: Randall Akee, and Thomas Downes.
Keywords: Economics, and Economics, Labor.read less