Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Bradley S. Wimmer
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
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The United States government has been funding infrastructure expansions and upgrades to bring Internet access to schools and households. While this broadband funding has increased access and adoption, it is unclear how improvements in Internet access affect student performance because Internet access has both productivity and distraction effects. The Internet provides students with access to vast amounts of educational content, instructional videos and other valuable resources that increase productivity. It also provides students access to social media, video games and other forms of entertainment that distract students and reduce student performance. While the literature shows that advances in technology (computers) and Internet access improve firm performance (Brynjolfsson and Hitt 1996), recent studies find that increased access to the Internet has almost no effect on student performance. Using a dataset of 247 counties in Texas with broadband penetration and graduation rates in public schools in 2000, 2010 and 2017, I find that a 10 percentage-point increase in broadband penetration is associated with a statistically significant 1.83 percentage-point increase in graduation rates after correcting for endogeneity. This result differs from what other published literature find on this topic.
Broadband; Graduation Rates; School Performance
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Brazdil, Eugen, "The Impact of Local Broadband Access on High School Graduation Rates" (2023). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4644.
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