School of Economics and Finance
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|May 2014||In a Small Moment: Class Size and Moral Hazard in the Mezzogiorno|
with Joshua D. Angrist, Daniela Vuri: w20173
An instrumental variables (IV) identification strategy that exploits statutory class size caps shows significant achievement gains in smaller classes in Italian primary schools. Gains from small classes are driven mainly by schools in Southern Italy, suggesting a substantial return to class size reductions for residents of the Mezzogiorno. In addition to high unemployment and other social problems, however, the Mezzogiorno is distinguished by pervasive manipulation of standardized test scores, a finding revealed in a natural experiment that randomly assigned school monitors. IV estimates also show that small classes increase score manipulation. Estimates of a causal model for achievement with two endogenous variables, class size and score manipulation, suggest that the effects of class siz...
|October 2007||What Really Happened to Consumption Inequality in the United States?|
with Orazio Attanasio, Hidehiko Ichimura
in Hard-to-Measure Goods and Services: Essays in Honor of Zvi Griliches, Ernst R. Berndt and Charles R. Hulten, editors
|March 2004||What Really Happened to Consumption Inequality in the US?|
with Orazio Attanasio, Hidehiko Ichimura: w10338
This paper considers data quality issues for the analysis of consumption inequality exploiting two complementary datasets from the Consumer Expenditure Survey for the United States. The Interview sample follows survey households over four calendar quarters and consists of retrospectively collected information about monthly expenditures on durable and non-durable goods. The Diary sample interviews household for two consecutive weeks and includes detailed information about frequently purchased items (food, personal cares and household supplies). Most reliable information from each sample is exploited to derive a correction for the measurement error affecting observed measures of consumption inequality in the two surveys. We find that consumption inequality, as measured by the standard deviat...