Topic: The Effect of Childhood Exposure to Cable Television on Child Development
Speaker: LI Li
Abstract: This paper examines the effects of cable television exposure during age 0--10 on a variety of adolescent outcomes in rural China. Using household and village survey data from the China Family Panel Studies in 2010, we exploit the heterogeneity in the timing of cable television's introduction to villages. We find strong evidence that exposure to cable television during childhood significantly raises children's confidence and locus of control, and improves learning behaviors. The timing of initial exposure matters, and the effect of the timing varies across outcomes. No effect of cable television exposure is detected on cognitive and educational outcomes.
Date: May 27, 2019
Location:Room 712, Academic Hall, City Campus,CUFE