Jérémy Lucchetti and Michele Pellizzari receive the Swiss Education Research Prize
GSEM Professors Jérémy Lucchetti and Michele Pellezzari received the Swiss Education Research Prize 2023. The prize is awarded every two years by the Swiss Confederation and cantonal authorities for research that makes a relevant contribution to the management and steering of the education system. The 2023 prize focused on innovative research on distance learning in higher education.
Their study, co-authored with Maria Pauly Cacault (EPFL) and Christian Hildebrand (University of St. Gallen), makes an important contribution to understanding the impact of the availability of distance learning on attendance and academic performance at universities. Through an experiment conducted at the University of Geneva (before COVID-19), they noted that participation in live courses may accentuate inequalities in education and that student supervision is essential in distance learning. The researchers also discovered that digital technologies are used differently by students and have heterogeneous effects on academic results. It is the first Swiss study to examine this issue using experimental variation.
The article, Distance Learning in Higher Education: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment, is published in the top-tier Journal of the European Economic Association.
October 23, 2023