Monday, November 30, 2009

Longer school days

The amount of human capital a person is usually proxied by years of education. But of course one can vary the number of days of education per annum or the number of hours per day. The number of days in school in Ireland is comparatively low it appears. So what would be the effect of lengthening the school day? This paper, for Chile, shows that it keeps adolescent girls out of trouble - literally: an increase in full-day municipal enrollment of 20% reduces the likelihood of teen motherhood by 5%

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