CInSt Research Seminar "When Crime Comes to the Neighborhood: Short-Term Shocks to Student Cognition and Secondary Consequences": María Padilla-Romo (University of Tennessee)
María Padilla-Romo will present her paper "When Crime Comes to the Neighborhood: Short-Term Shocks to Student Cognition and Secondary Consequences" on the regular CInSt research seminar on 28 May
This paper provides evidence that even short-term shocks to student cognitive performance have long-lasting consequences for human capital development. We use administrative data from Mexico City to show that students’ exposure to violent crime in the week immediately prior to a high-stakes exam lowers females’ test scores by 11 percent of a standard deviation. As a result, 19 percent of female students exposed to violent crime are subsequently assigned to less-preferred, lower-quality high schools. We find no such effect for males, leading to a further gender disparity in test scores and later education outcomes. We show that crime-induced concentration problems are an underlying mechanism behind the detrimental effects on test scores. Moreover, the effects are transitory and highly local, suggesting they are not driven by changes in school supply.
Time: 18:10-19:30 (UTC+3).
Location: Online in Zoom
Working language: English.
The link to join Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/7488279147
Here is the instruction about how to join the seminar in Zoom: https://cinst.hse.ru/en/news/350230570.html