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Effects of weather on human capital in Vietnam

Tien Vu

No 2019-01, AGI Working Paper Series from Asian Growth Research Institute

Abstract: This study examines the effects of concurrent weather, corresponding to test sites as well as three-year consolidated weather conditions at high school time, on the math test scores of census examinees participating in the Vietnamese national entrance examinations to universities and colleges on July 4 and 15, 2009. Using individual first difference, I find that the maximum temperature of the day, 30 to 32°C (86-89.6°F), which is slightly below the usual average in all July between the years 1950-2009, benefitted examinees most. My analysis demonstrates that female testers were more vulnerable to harsh temperature and extreme weather but also more physically adaptive to temperature than males. Extreme weather occurring at the high school, especially during the school calendar, has a negative effect on the test scores.

Keywords: Temperature; Extreme weather; Test score; Human capital; Gender; Drought; Vietnam; I25; J24; J16; I15; O15; Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-01
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