October 24, 2023

Does replacing grants by income-contingent loans harm enrolment? New evidence from a reform in Dutch higher education

This paper evaluates the impact of a reform which replaced universal basic grants by income-contingent loans on enrolment in Dutch higher education using administrative data of ten complete student cohorts....

May 28, 2019

Experimenting with dropout prevention policies

School dropout rates did not decrease significantly in three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in Dutch vocational training colleges.

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February 1, 2019

The impact of age at arrival on education and mental health

The chance to obtain a higher education diploma rises by about 3.6 percentage point for every year that a refugee arrives earlier.

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February 14, 2018

Do paid teacher trainee programs lead to additional teachers in secondary education? A Regression Discontinuity Analysis

This paper evaluates the quantitative effects of two teacher traineeships that were implemented in the Netherlands to address shortages of fully qualified teachers in secondary education. Applying a fuzzy regression discontinuity design, we estimate the effects of being selected to participate in one of the traineeships. We find no significant local average treatment effects of being selected on the probabilities of enrolling into academic teacher training, obtaining a full teaching qualification, and on working in education, although the point estimates are positive for the first two outcome variables.

December 14, 2016

The Effects of Additional Study Choice Activities: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial

This paper analyses the eff ect of additional study choice activities on the probability that subscribers withdraw from the study field of their preference before the study actually commences, as well as on the study performance of students who actually start with the study.