Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161056
Authors: 
Algan, Yann
Fortin, Nicole M.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10433
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
math test scores
computer gaming
internet access
gender differences
JEL: 
J16
I2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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