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What do books in the home proxy for? A cautionary tale

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In studies of educational achievement, students’ self-reported number of books in the family home is a frequently used proxy for social, cultural, and economic background. Absent hard evidence about what this variable captures or how well, its use has been motivated by strong associations with student outcomes. I show that these associations rest on two types of endogeneity: Low achievers accrue fewer books and are also prone to underestimate their number. The conclusion is substantiated both...

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10.1177/0049124119826143

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Sociology
Oxford college:
Nuffield College
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Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Journal:
Sociological Methods and Research More from this journal
Volume:
50
Issue:
4
Pages:
1487-1514
Publication date:
2019-04-10
Acceptance date:
2018-09-12
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EISSN:
1552-8294
ISSN:
0049-1241
Language:
English
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uuid:12dd933a-b476-4d52-879a-4f7b4b7be89a
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pubs:996855
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996855
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2019-06-02

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