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The Impact of Broadband Penetration on Students' Performance: The Italian Case

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The Impact of Broadband Penetration on Students' Performance: The Italian Case.

Rel. Carlo Cambini, Lorien Sabatino. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Gestionale, 2020

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In May 2020, the Italian Ministry of Education approved a plan for the expenditure of €400 million, financed by European funds, to bring optical fiber to Italian schools. Does an increase in connectivity in school improve students' performance? The existing literature regarding the impact of the Internet or new technologies in school shows ambiguous or even negative effects on students' academic achievement. This thesis aims to estimate the impact of broadband and ultrafast-broadband on students' performance. The main data source is a rich student-level dataset collecting verbal and math test scores for Italian eight-grade students, over the period 2013-2017. Students' performance is measured on a standardized test designed by INVALSI, the National Evaluation Institute for the School System. The INVALSI dataset is combined with a second panel collecting broadband penetration rates in every Italian Local Labour System (SLL). The estimate precision is improved by controlling for student-, family- and SLL-level variables.

Relators: Carlo Cambini, Lorien Sabatino
Academic year: 2020/21
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 80
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Ingegneria Gestionale
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-31 - MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING
Ente in cotutela: Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen (GERMANIA)
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/16588
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