Television, Cognitive Ability, and High School Completion

@article{Herns2019TelevisionCA,
  title={Television, Cognitive Ability, and High School Completion},
  author={{\O}ystein M. Hern{\ae}s and Simen Markussen and Knut H. R{\o}ed},
  journal={The Journal of Human Resources},
  year={2019},
  volume={54},
  pages={371 - 400}
}
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… 
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