School Shootings and Student Performance

26 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2010

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Panu Poutvaara

University of Helsinki - Department of Economics; Helsinki Center of Economic Research (HECER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Olli Tapani Ropponen

Government of the Republic of Finland - VATT Institute for Economic Research; University of Helsinki - Department of Political and Economic Studies

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Date Written: July 12, 2010

Abstract

In this paper, we study how high school students reacted to the shocking news of a school shooting. The shooting coincided with national high-school matriculation exams. As there were exams both before and after the shooting, we can use a difference-in-differences analysis to uncover how the school shooting affected the test scores compared to previous years. We find that the average performance of young men declined due to the school shooting, whereas we do not observe a similar pattern for women.

Keywords: school shootings, school performance, shocking news, gender differences, treatment effect models

JEL Classification: C21, J16, I19

Suggested Citation

Poutvaara, Panu and Ropponen, Olli Tapani, School Shootings and Student Performance (July 12, 2010). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3114, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1638849

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