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School Infrastructure Spending and Educational Outcomes in Northern Italy

Belmonte, Alessandro and Bove, Vincenzo and D'Inverno, Giovanna and Modica, Marco School Infrastructure Spending and Educational Outcomes in Northern Italy. EIC working paper series #6/2017 ISSN 2279-6894.

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We explore whether investment in public school infrastructure affects students' achievement. We use data on extra funding to public high schools after the 2012 Northern Italy earthquake and apply a quasi-experimental design and an instrumental variable strategy. We find that spending on school infrastructure increases standardized test scores in mathematics and Italian language, and the effect is stronger for lower-achieving students and in mathematics. These results provide evidence in favor of a positive impact of capital spending in improving the learning environment and performances of high school students.

Item Type: Working Paper (EIC working paper series)
Identification Number: IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: education; school infrastructure spending; high school. JEL Classification: I22, I24, H75.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Ms T. Iannizzi
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 09:10
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 09:10
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/3719

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