ABSTRACT

Inequality in Household Adaptation to Schooling Shocks: Covid-Induced Online Learning Engagement in Real Time   [open pdf - 584KB]

From the Abstract: "We use high frequency internet search data to study in real time how US households sought out online learning resources as schools closed due to the Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. By April 2020, nationwide search intensity for both school- and parent-centered online learning resources had roughly doubled relative to baseline. Areas of the country with higher income, better internet access and fewer rural schools saw substantially larger increases in search intensity. The pandemic will likely widen achievement gaps along these dimensions given schools' and parents' differing engagement with online resources to compensate for lost school-based learning time. Accounting for such differences and promoting more equitable access to online learning could improve the effectiveness of education policy responses to the pandemic. The public availability of internet search data allows our analyses to be updated when schools reopen and to be replicated in other countries."

Report Number:
NBER Working Paper No. 27555; National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 27555
Author:
Publisher:
Date:
2020-07
Series:
Copyright:
2020 Andrew Bacher-Hicks, Joshua Goodman, and Christine Mulhern. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
Retrieved From:
National Bureau of Economic Research: https://www.nber.org/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
URL:
Help with citations