Who Needs a Fracking Education ? The Educational Response to Biased Technological Change

@inproceedings{Cascio2017WhoNA,
  title={Who Needs a Fracking Education ? The Educational Response to Biased Technological Change},
  author={Elizabeth U. Cascio and AYUSHI NARAYAN},
  year={2017}
}
We explore the educational response to fracking, a recent technological breakthrough in the oil and gas industry, taking advantage of the timing of its diffusion and spatial variation in shale reserves. We show that fracking has significantly increased demand for less-educated male labor and high school dropout rates of male teens, both overall and relative to females. Our estimates imply that, absent fracking, the male-female gap in teen dropout rates in affected states would have narrowed by… CONTINUE READING