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School Infrastructure Spending and Educational Outcomes in Northern Italy

Alessandro Belmonte (), Vincenzo Bove, 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

Abstract: 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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