Hot Temperature and High Stakes Exams: Evidence from New York City Public Schools (Job Market Paper)

Citation:

Park, Jisung. “Hot Temperature and High Stakes Exams: Evidence from New York City Public Schools (Job Market Paper).” Unpublished Manuscript, Harvard University Economics Department, Submitted.
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Abstract:

 

Understanding the link between temperature and educational outcomes is important in assessing the welfare impacts of climate change, especially given the potential for persistent impacts on human capital accumulation and income growth. Using student-level administrative data for New York City public schools, I estimate the impact of hot temperature on high-stakes exams and subsequent educational outcomes. Hot days reduce performance by up to 15% and lead to lasting impacts on educational attainment. These effects persist despite the availability of cooling technologies and strategic teacher responses, suggesting that adaptation to climate change may be especially slow in educational settings.

 

 

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