Using a structural model of skill formation, researchers examine the interaction of parent response, socioeconomic status, and peer effects in the context of school closures during COVID-19. They reach findings with important implications for educators, students, and parents: High school students from low-income neighborhoods suffer a learning loss of 0.4 standard deviations after a one-year school closure, whereas children from high-income neighborhoods initially remain unscathed.
Abstract and Citation
Agostinelli, Francesco, and Doepke, Matthias, and Sorrenti, Giuseppe, and Zilibotti, Fabrizio, When the Great Equalizer Shuts Down: Schools, Peers, and Parents in Pandemic Times (February 2022). Journal of Public Economics, Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2021.104574