Department of Economics and Business Economics

The Effect of Teacher's Aides in the Classroom: Evidence from a Randomized Trial

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This paper evaluates the impact of three kinds of teacher's aides on 13-year-old students' test scores, behavior and well-being. We gain leverage from combining a randomized experiment with rich survey and registry data from Denmark. The intervention reduces student-to-teacher ratios by 27-34%, but it is a much more flexible instrument than class-size reduction. We find substantial positive average effects on reading scores, which tend to be greater when resources are spent on teaching assistants without teaching degrees who - at a fixed budget - can spend more time in class in comparison to co-teachers with teaching degrees.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2015

    Research areas

  • School resources, Academic achievement, Behavior , Student-to-teacher ratio, Special educational needs

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