Television, Cognitive Ability, and High School Completion

  title={Television, Cognitive Ability, and High School Completion},
  author={{\O}ystein M. Hern{\ae}s and S. Markussen and K. R{\o}ed},
  journal={The Journal of Human Resources},
  pages={371 - 400}
  • Øystein M. Hernæs, S. Markussen, K. Røed
  • Published 2019
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Human Resources
  • We exploit supply-driven heterogeneity in the expansion of cable television across Norwegian municipalities to identify developmental effects of commercial television exposure during childhood. We find that higher exposure to commercial television reduces cognitive ability and high school graduation rates for boys. The effects appear to be driven by consumption of light television entertainment crowding out more cognitively stimulating activities. Point estimates suggest that the effects are… CONTINUE READING
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