Department of Economics and Business Economics

Nina Smith

The Short-Term Effects of School Consolidation on Student Achievement: Evidence of Disruption?

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We exploit variation stemming from school consolidations in Denmark from 2010- 2011 to
analyze the impact on student achievement as measured by test scores. For each student
we observe enrollment and test scores one year prior to school consolidation and up to four
years after. We find that school consolidation has adverse effects on achievement in the
short run and that these effects are most pronounced for students exposed to school
closings. Furthermore, students initially enrolled in small schools experience the most
detrimental effects. The effects appear to weaken over time, suggesting that part of the effect
is due to disruption.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIZA. Institute for the Study of Labor / Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesIZA Discussion Paper
Number10195

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