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How do hurricanes impact scholastic achievement? A Caribbean perspective

Nekeisha Spencer (), Solomon Polachek and Eric Strobl ()
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Nekeisha Spencer: University of the West Indies

Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, 2016, vol. 84, issue 2, 1437-1462

Abstract: Abstract This study examines whether hurricanes have any impact on performance in high school standardized examinations. The analysis uses a panel of thirteen Caribbean countries and over 800 schools for the period 1993 through 2010. In particular, the effect on subjects in the humanities and sciences is examined. A generalized difference-in-difference technique is utilized to study the relationship at the school, parish, year and country levels. The results show a negative and significant effect on performance in the sciences if hurricanes strike when school is in session, and a positive or no effect when school is not in session. In addition, subjects in the humanities remain unaffected.

Keywords: Human capital; Rate of return; Hurricanes; Difference-in-difference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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