Home Broadband and Human Capital Formation

51 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2021

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Rosa Sanchis-Guarner

Queen Mary University of London - School of Economics and Finance

José Montalbán

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Felix Weinhardt

Humboldt University of Berlin; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

This paper estimates the effect of home high-speed internet on national test scores of students at age 14. We combine comprehensive information on the telecom network, administrative student records, house prices and local amenities in England in a fuzzy spatial regression discontinuity design across invisible telephone exchange catchment areas. Using this strategy, we find that increasing broadband speed by 1 Mbit/s increases test scores by 1.37 percentile ranks in the years 2005-2008. This effect is sizeable, equivalent to 5% of a standard deviation in the national score distribution, and not driven by other technological mediating factors or school characteristics.

JEL Classification: J240, I210, I280, D830

Suggested Citation

Sanchis-Guarner, Rosa and Montalbán, José and Weinhardt, Felix, Home Broadband and Human Capital Formation (2021). CESifo Working Paper No. 8846, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3772087

Rosa Sanchis-Guarner (Contact Author)

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Felix Weinhardt

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