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Computer Gaming and Test Scores: Cross-Country Gender Differences among Teenagers

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  • Algan, Yann

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    (Sciences Po, Paris)

  • Fortin, Nicole M.

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    (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

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    Using the PISA surveys (2000-2012), this paper explores the relationship between math test scores and everyday computer gaming by gender and for high income and middle income countries. We use two identification strategies in the spirit of an ideal experiment that would reduce computer gaming through limited internet access or through schools alternative demands. We find that everyday computer gaming has positive effects for boys, but negative effects for girls arising mostly in collaborative games suggesting a role for social effects. Computer gaming is becoming the new "swimming upstream" factor in the quest to close the gender gap in math.

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    Length: 63 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2016
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp10433
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    1. Thomas Fuchs & Ludger Wößmann, 2005. "Computers and Student Learning:Bivariate and Multivariate Evidence on the Availability and Use of Computers at Home and at School," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper No. 8, Ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
    2. Diether Beuermann & Julian P. Cristia & Yyannu Cruz-Aguayo & Santiago Cueto & Ofer Malamud, 2012. "Home Computers and Child Outcomes: Short-Term Impacts from a Randomized Experiment in Peru," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 78705, Inter-American Development Bank.
    3. Vincenzo Spiezia, 2010. "Does Computer Use Increase Educational Achievements? Student-level Evidence from PISA," OECD Journal: Economic Studies, OECD Publishing, vol. 2010(1), pages 1-22.
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