School Infrastructure Spending and Educational Outcomes in Northern Italy

26 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2017

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Alessandro Belmonte

IMT Institute for Advanced Studies

Vincenzo Bove

University of Warwick - Department of Politics and International Studies

Giovanna D'Inverno

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca; KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Marco Modica

Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI)

Date Written: October 20, 2017

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: Living standards, Wages, Multipliers; High-technology, Cities, Inequality

JEL Classification: I22, I24, H75

Suggested Citation

Belmonte, Alessandro and Bove, Vincenzo and D'Inverno, Giovanna and Modica, Marco, School Infrastructure Spending and Educational Outcomes in Northern Italy (October 20, 2017). SWPS 2017-20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3056328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3056328

Alessandro Belmonte (Contact Author)

IMT Institute for Advanced Studies ( email )

Piazza San Francesco 19
Lucca
Italy

Vincenzo Bove

University of Warwick - Department of Politics and International Studies ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Giovanna D'Inverno

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca ( email )

Piazza San Ponziano 6
Lucca, 55100
Italy

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Marco Modica

Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) ( email )

viale Francesco Crispi, 7
L'Aquila, 67100
Italy

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