Capturing the Educational and Economic Impacts of School Closures in Poland

11 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2022

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Tomasz Gajderowicz

University of Warsaw

Maciej Jakubowski

University of Warsaw

Harry A. Patrinos

World Bank

Sylwia Wrona

University of Warsaw

Abstract

The effect of school closures in the spring of 2020 on the math, science, and reading skills of secondary school students in Poland is estimated. The COVID-19-induced school closures lasted 26 weeks in Poland, one of Europe's longest periods of shutdown. Comparison of the learning outcomes with pre- and post-COVID-19 samples shows that the learning loss was equal to more than one year of study. Assuming a 45-year working life of the total affected population, the economic loss in future student earnings may amount to 7.2 percent of Poland's gross domestic product.

Keywords: COVID-19, school closure, learning loss, Poland

JEL Classification: I21, I24

Suggested Citation

Gajderowicz, Tomasz and Jakubowski, Maciej and Patrinos, Harry Anthony and Wrona, Sylwia, Capturing the Educational and Economic Impacts of School Closures in Poland. IZA Discussion Paper No. 15787, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4298822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4298822

Tomasz Gajderowicz (Contact Author)

University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa, Pl-00681
Poland

Maciej Jakubowski

University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa, Pl-00681
Poland

Harry Anthony Patrinos

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Sylwia Wrona

University of Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
Warszawa, Pl-00681
Poland

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