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IES-PIRT Proseminar Series: Dr. Agustina Laurito

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(1 hour 30 minutes)

Dr. Agustina Laurito of University of Illinois, Chicago will present as part of the IES-PIRT Proseminar series.

The Effect of the Heroin Epidemic on Test Scores

Abstract: This study estimates the effect of the heroin epidemic on student achievement. We examine test score data for grades 3 to 8 for almost all counties in the U.S. matched with state-level heroin-related death rates. The empirical strategy is a difference-in-differences that takes advantage of the change in heroin deaths induced by the reformulation of OxyContin in 2010 and variation in years of exposure to the heroin epidemic across 12 cohorts. Results show declines in test scores in English language arts and math as a result of an increase in heroin over doses. These negative effects are larger for cohorts with more years of exposure to the heroin epidemic. Effects are also distinct from and robust to differential exposure to the prescription opioids crisis across cohorts, and are not driven by changes in grade demographics.

The Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. In addition to funding doctoral students from the seven affiliated departments across NYU the program includes a proseminar series. The series brings together presentations by both NYU and external experts who will help to introduce, reintroduce, and consolidate students' advanced understanding of the concepts of internal, external, construct, and statistical validity.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are scheduled at 12:00pm-1:30pm virtually via Zoom. For Zoom links, please email with the date you wish to attend.