Next GESI SocioDemo Seminar

We are glad to invite you at the next GESI SocioDemo Seminar of 2024, on Tuesday 16 April at 14:30:

How school closures affected students’ performance and inequalities.
Evidence from Italian municipalities

Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu (Università di Milano)
Leo Azzollini (Università di Oxford)
Anne-Marie Jeannet (Università di Milano)

Further details
Tuesday 16 April 2024, h. 14.30-16.300
You can participate in presence:
SPS Seminar Room (1st FLOOR, CONSERVATORIO SIDE – via Conservatorio 7, Milan)
or online:
Online: MS TEAMS (link: Meeting ID: 340 531 961 849 Password: acaqX6

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant changes in the field of education. Schools had to close, and students had to switch to online learning. This study aims to identify and examine three distinct school closure policies: one that applies to all schools universally, and two others that vary in terms of location and timing. We investigate how these policies have influenced the academic skills of students in mathematics and language in Italy. To do this, we consider the various ways different municipalities responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. We use data at the municipal level and measure the extent of school closures. Through a series of balancing and falsification tests, we determine that, in most cases, the implementation of the school closure policy was approximately random within provinces. Consequently, we estimate the effects of a school closure policy through fixed-effect models, relying on variation across municipalities within the same province. Our primary findings reveal the negative consequences of a more stringent school closure policy compared to the national lockdown in the first half of 2020. This policy negatively affected both mathematical and language skills. This impact can be summarized as a learning loss of about one and a half years. It’s important to note, however, that families from privileged socioeconomic backgrounds have shown the ability to partially compensate for this loss within a year.

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