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How Do Hurricanes Impact Achievement in School? A Caribbean Perspective
by Nekeisha Spencer, Solomon Polachek, Eric Strobl
(August 2016)
forthcoming in: Natural Hazards

Abstract:
This study examines whether hurricanes have any impact on performance in standardized examinations. The analysis uses a panel of thirteen Caribbean countries and over 800 schools for the period 1993 through 2010. In particular, the effect on subjects in the humanities and sciences are examined. A generalized difference-in-difference technique is utilized to study the relationship at the school, parish, year and country level. The results show a negative and significant effect on performance in the sciences if hurricanes strike when school is in session and a positive or no effect when school is not in session. In addition, subjects in the humanities remain unaffected.
Text: See Discussion Paper No. 10169