School Shootings and Student Performance
University of Helsinki - Department of Economics; Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Olli Tapani Ropponen
Government of the Republic of Finland - Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT); University of Helsinki - Department of Political and Economic Studies
July 12, 2010
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3114
In this paper, we study how high school students reacted to the shocking news of a school shooting. The shooting coincided with national high-school matriculation exams. As there were exams both before and after the shooting, we can use a difference-in-differences analysis to uncover how the school shooting affected the test scores compared to previous years. We find that the average performance of young men declined due to the school shooting, whereas we do not observe a similar pattern for women.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: school shootings, school performance, shocking news, gender differences, treatment effect models
JEL Classification: C21, J16, I19working papers series
Date posted: July 12, 2010
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