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The long run economic consequences of high-stakes examinations: evidence from transitory variation in pollution

Ebenstein, Avraham, Lavy, Victor and Roth, Sefi (2016) The long run economic consequences of high-stakes examinations: evidence from transitory variation in pollution. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8 (4). pp. 36-65. ISSN 1945-7782

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Identification Number: 10.1257/app.20150213

Abstract

Cognitive performance during high-stakes exams can be affected by random disturbances that, even if transitory, may have permanent consequences. We evaluate this hypothesis among Israeli students who took a series of matriculation exams between 2000 and 2002. Exploiting variation across the same student taking multiple exams, we find that transitory PM2.5 exposure is associated with a significant decline in student performance. We then examine these students in 2010 and find that PM2.5 exposure during exams is negatively associated with post-secondary educational attainment and earnings. The results highlight how reliance on noisy signals of student quality can lead to allocative inefficiency.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.aeaweb.org/aej-applied/
Additional Information: © 2016 by the American Economic Association
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 15:12
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 11:39
Projects: Advance Grant No. 323439
Funders: European Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65743

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