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Opportunity from disaster: Evidence of the Christchurch earthquake’s effects on high schoolers’ post-graduation outcomes

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dc.contributor.author Cuffe, Harold E
dc.contributor.author Wills, Olivia
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-28T22:43:45Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-11T23:05:41Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-28T22:43:45Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-11T23:05:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2018
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20850
dc.description.abstract We estimate the causal effects of a large unanticipated natural disaster on high schoolers’ university enrolment decisions and subsequent medium-term labour market outcomes. Using national administrative data after a destructive earthquake in New Zealand, we estimate that the disaster raises tertiary education enrolment of recent high school graduates by 6.1 percentage points. The effects are most pronounced for males, students who are academically weak relative to their peers, and students from schools directly damaged by the disaster. As relatively low ability males are overrepresented in sectors of the labour market helped by the earthquake, greater demand for university may stem from permanent changes in deeper behavioural parameters such as risk aversion or time preference, rather than as a coping response to poor economic opportunities. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries SEF Working Paper: 10/2018 en_NZ
dc.subject Natural disasters en_NZ
dc.subject New Zealand en_NZ
dc.subject Christchurch en_NZ
dc.subject Tertiary education en_NZ
dc.subject Earthquakes en_NZ
dc.subject Causal effects en_NZ
dc.subject Labour market en_NZ
dc.subject High School students en_NZ
dc.title Opportunity from disaster: Evidence of the Christchurch earthquake’s effects on high schoolers’ post-graduation outcomes en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Economics and Finance en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 380199 Applied economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sef/research/sef-working-papers en_NZ

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