School Infrastructure Spending and Educational Outcomes in Northern Italy
Alessandro Belmonte (),
Giovanna D'Inverno () and
Marco Modica ()
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Giovanna D'Inverno: IMT School for advanced studies
No 06/2017, Working Papers from IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca
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.
Keywords: education; school infrastructure spending; high school (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I22 I24 H75 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-07, Revised 2017-07
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