Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36882
Authors: 
Poutvaara, Panu
Ropponen, Olli
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5009
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
School shootings
school performance
shocking news
gender differences
treatment effect models
JEL: 
C21
J16
I19
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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