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School Shootings and Student Performance

  • Poutvaara, Panu


    (University of Munich)

  • Ropponen, Olli


    (University of Helsinki)

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 perform a difference-in-differences analysis to uncover how the school shooting affected the test scores compared to previous years. We find that the average score of young men declined due to the school shooting, whereas we do not observe a similar pattern for women.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5009.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5009
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  1. Klick, Jonathan & Tabarrok, Alexander, 2005. "Using Terror Alert Levels to Estimate the Effect of Police on Crime," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 48(1), pages 267-79, April.
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