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The impact of commuting time over educational achievement: A machine learning approach

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  • Dante Contreras
  • Daniel Hojman
  • Manuel Matas
  • Patricio Rodríguez
  • Nicolás Suárez

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Taking advantage of georeferenced data from Chilean students, we estimate the impact of commuting time over academic achievement. As the commuting time is an endogenous variable, we use instrumental variables and fixed effects at school level to overcome this problem. Also, as we don’t know which mode of transport the students use, we complement our analysis using machine learning methods to predictthe transportation mode. Our findings suggest that the commuting time has a negative effect over academic performance, but this effect is not always significant.

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  • Dante Contreras & Daniel Hojman & Manuel Matas & Patricio Rodríguez & Nicolás Suárez, 2018. "The impact of commuting time over educational achievement: A machine learning approach," Working Papers wp472, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
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