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José MONTALBAN CASTILLA (Stockholm University) – "Home Broadband and Human Capital Formation"

March 2, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Microeconometrics Seminar: Every Tuesday
Time: 03:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Date: 2nd of March 2021
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José MONTALBAN CASTILLA (Stockholm University) – “Home Broadband and Human Capital Formation

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 tests scores by 1.37 percentile ranks in the years 2005-2008. This effect is sizeable, equivalent to 5% of a standard deviations the national score distribution, and not driven by other technological mediating factors or school characteristics. Joint with Sanchis-Guarner and Weinhardt.


Benoît SCHMUTZ (Pôle d’économie du CREST)
Anthony STRITTMATTER (Pôle d’économie du CREST)