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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 5 No. 3 (July 2013)

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Teaching Practices and Social Capital

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Algan, Yann, Pierre Cahuc, and Andrei Shleifer. 2013. "Teaching Practices and Social Capital." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(3): 189-210.

DOI: 10.1257/app.5.3.189

Abstract

In cross-country data, teaching practices (such as copying from the board versus working on projects together) are related to various dimensions of social capital. In micro-data from three datasets, teaching practices are also strongly correlated with student beliefs about cooperation across schools within countries. To address omitted variable and reverse causality concerns, we show that, within schools, teaching practices also have an independent and sizeable effect on student beliefs. The evidence supports the idea that progressive education promotes the formation of social capital.

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Algan, Yann (Sciences Po, Paris)
Cahuc, Pierre (Ecole Polytechnique)
Shleifer, Andrei (Harvard U)

JEL Classifications

D83: Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
I21: Analysis of Education
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification

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