The Impact of Digital Skills on Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Performance Tests
33 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2015
Date Written: July 24, 2015
Digital skills are increasingly important for labor market outcomes and social participation. Do they also matter for academic performance? This paper investigates the effects of digital literacy on educational outcomes by merging data from the Italian National Assessment in secondary schools with an original data set on performance tests of Internet skills for 10th grade students. Our identification strategy relies on a rich set of individual, family, school and classroom control variables that are not commonly available in previous studies. The findings indicate that, overall, Internet skills have a positive impact on academic achievement. This effect is stronger for students with low academic performance or low family background. It is also stronger for students in technical or vocational schools.
Keywords: Human capital, Academic achievement, Digital skills, Internet skills, Digital divide
JEL Classification: I21, J13, J24
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