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An Evaluation of Instrumental Variable Strategies for Estimating the Effects of Catholic Schools

Joseph G. Altonji, Todd E. Elder, Christopher R. Taber

NBER Working Paper No. 9358
Issued in December 2002
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Several previous studies have relied on religious affiliation and the proximity to Catholic schools as exogenous sources of variation for identifying the effect of Catholic schooling on a wide variety of outcomes. Using three separate approaches, we examine the validity of these instrumental variables. We find that none of the candidate instruments is a useful source of identification of the Catholic school effect, at least in currently available data sets

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w9358

Published: Altonji, Joseph G., Todd E. Elder and Christopher R. Taber. "An Evaluation Of Instrumental Variables Strategies For Estimating The Effects Of Catholic Schooling," Journal of Human Resources, 2005, v40(4,Fall), 791-821.

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