COVID-19 school closures hit low-achieving students particularly hard

The study found low-achieving students were more likely to spend time playing computer games, than high-achievers. Image: REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Elisabeth Grewenig

Junior Economist, IFO institute

Philipp Lergetporer

Postdoctoral researcher, Center for the Economics of Education

Ludger Woessmann

Professor of Economics, University of Munich

Katharina Werner

Post-Doc, ifo Center for Education Economics

Larissa Zierow

Postdoctoral researcher, ifo Institute for Economic Research


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Figure 1: Activities of low- and high-achieving students before and during the school closures. Image: Grewenig et al. (2020).

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