Rationalizing the E-Rate: The Effects of Subsidizing IT in Education
|Authors:||Ward, Michael R. - University of Texas at Arlington|
|Keywords:||Education, Internet, Subsidy|
|Series/Report no.:||NET Institute Working Paper;05-25|
|Abstract:||Starting in 1998, the E-Rate program has provided $2.25 billion to subsidize Internet access in schools and libraries serving low income populations in the US. I analyze the effect of E-Rate subsidies on educational outcomes for Texas high schools over the 1994-2003 time period. Consistent with previous economic analyses, I find few, if any, improvements in student achievements. I do find evidence that experienced teachers are reallocated within districts toward schools receiving E-Rate grants. I also find evidence that the pool of college entrance exam takers is affected by E-Rate grants such that relying on average scores could lead to incorrect conclusions.|
|Appears in Collections:||NET Institute Working Papers Series|
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