We thank Olof Åslund, Torsten Persson, Steve Pischke, Roope Uusitalo, two anonymous referees, as well as seminar and conference participants at IUI, SOFI, IFAU, FIEF, NTNU, IIES, the Universities of Copenhagen, Göteborg, Helsinki, Montreal, Växjö, EALE/SOLE, the CEPR conference on ‘Education and Inequality’ and the first EEEPE workshop for valuable comments. Financial support from the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg foundation and Handelsbanken is gratefully acknowledged.
Life-cycle Effects of Age at School Start
Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2013
© 2013 The Author(s). The Economic Journal © 2013 Royal Economic Society
The Economic Journal
Volume 124, Issue 579, pages 977–1004, September 2014
How to Cite
Fredriksson, P. and Öckert, B. (2014), Life-cycle Effects of Age at School Start. The Economic Journal, 124: 977–1004. doi: 10.1111/ecoj.12047
- Issue online: 1 SEP 2014
- Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 11 APR 2013 04:32AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 15 JAN 2009
In Sweden, children typically start school the year they turn seven. We combine this school entry cut-off with individuals' birthdates to estimate effects of school starting age (SSA) on educational attainment and long-run labour market outcomes. We find that school entry age raises educational attainment and show that postponing tracking until age 16 reduces the effect of SSA on educational attainment. On average, SSA only affects the allocation of labour supply over the life-cycle and leaves prime-age earnings unaffected. But for individuals with low-educated parents, we find that prime-age earnings increase in response to age at school start.