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School infrastructure spending and educational outcomes: Evidence from the 2012 earthquake in Northern Italy

Alessandro Belmonte (), Vincenzo Bove, D’Inverno, Giovanna and Marco Modica

Economics of Education Review, 2020, vol. 75, issue C

Abstract: We explore whether investment in school infrastructure affects students’ achievement. We use data on extra funding to state 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.

Keywords: Education; Infrastructure spending; High school; Italian school system (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I22 I24 H75 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2019.101951

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