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Comparison of immigrant children’s academic performance with that of natives in the UK — Richa Saun (Economics PhD seminar)
There have been many studies on the increasing amount of immigration in developed countries, including the UK. This study focuses on the academic achievements of immigrant children who, irrespective of the fact they were born in the UK and experienced the same educational system, experienced a significant gap in academic assessment scores. The study uses the panel data of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) cognitive scores, achieved by the cohort members in their early childhood, and analyses the academic achievement of the cohort members. The OLS model used in the study compares the numerical and verbal scores for the immigrant children, as compared to the native children, by using controls such as ethnicity, gender, whether the child goes to an after-school club, and the frequency of time spent in sports exercise as compared to time spent in reading and writing. This study has found a significant positive relationship between children going to after school and the verbal score.