Indoor Air Quality and Academic Performance
No 2013-25, Discussion Papers from School of Economics, The University of New South Wales
I examine the effect of school indoor air quality (IAQ) on academic outcomes. I utilize a quasi-natural experiment, in which IAQ-renovations were completed at virtually every school in a single Texas school district at different points in time, combined with a panel of student-level data to control for many confounding factors and thereby uncover the causal effect of IAQ-renovations on academic outcomes. Results indicate that performance on standardized tests significantly improves while attendance is unresponsive to improvements in IAQ. Rough calculations suggest that IAQ-renovations may be a more cost-effective way to improve standardized test scores than class size reductions.
Keywords: indoor air quality; school renovations; academic performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 Q53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
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