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The Effects Of E-Rate It Subsidies In Education


  • Michael R. Ward

    () (Department of Economics, University of Texas at Arlington)


Since 1998, US schools and libraries have received $2.25 billion annually to provide internet access. The average estimated effect on educational outcomes for Texas high school outcomes are modest both for measures related to college preparedness and for subject area standardized test scores. Educational outcome improvements were greater at the low-income schools targeted by the program, but the difference in impacts are also small.

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  • Michael R. Ward, 2006. "The Effects Of E-Rate It Subsidies In Education," Working Papers 0604, University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:txa:wpaper:0604

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    Education; Internet; Subsidy;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General


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