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dc.contributor.author Kang, Polly
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-20T16:12:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-20T16:12:29Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/5088
dc.description Honors Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract A student’s decision to drop out of high school has repercussions for the individual and society. Broadband availability, which has become ubiquitous in the US since the late 1990s, can dramatically affect a student’s willingness to attend school. This study attempts to understand how broadband availability affects a student’s disengagement from school, which may lead to dropping out. I use data from two sources: the American Community Survey (ACS) regarding school enrollment and educational attainment on an individual level, and Federal Communication Commission (FCC) information on broadband availability. By using an application of difference-in-difference (DID) modeling and fixed effects, I compare trends in dropout behavior between areas that received full service by 2000 and those that acquired it in later years. The introduction of broadband correlates positively with an individual’s dropout choice. However, there are threats to causal interpretation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject educational attainment en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject broadband availability en_US
dc.subject residential en_US
dc.subject high school en_US
dc.subject internet en_US
dc.title The Negative Effect of Residential Broadband Availability on Educational Attainment in the US en_US
dc.department Public Policy Studies en_US

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