Home Computers and Child Outcomes: Short-Term Impacts from a Randomized Experiment in Peru
This paper presents results from a randomized control trial in which approximately 1,000 OLPC XO laptops were provided for home use to children attending primary schools in Lima, Peru. The intervention increased access and use of home computers, with some substitution away from computer use outside the home. Beneficiaries were more likely to complete domestic chores but less likely to read books. Treatment children scored almost one standard deviation higher in a test of XO proficiency, though there were no effects on objective and self-reported skills for using a Windows-based PC and Internet. There were positive impacts on the Raven's Progressive Matrices test among children who did not have a home computer before the intervention, but no significant effects for the sample as a whole. Finally, there was little evidence for spillovers within schools, although close friends and classmates of laptop recipients did exhibit higher proficiency with the XO computer.
|Date of creation:||Dec 2012|
|Date of revision:|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Web page: http://www.iadb.org/publications/
More information through EDIRC
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- repec:oup:qjecon:v:119:y:2004:i:1:p:249-275 is not listed on IDEAS
- repec:oup:qjecon:v:122:y:2007:i:3:p:1235-1264 is not listed on IDEAS
- Julian Cristia & Pablo Ibarraran & Santiago Cueto & Ana Santiago & Eugenio Severin, 2012.
"Technology and Child Development: Evidence from the One Laptop per Child Program,"
Research Department Publications
4764, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
- Cristia, Julián P. & Ibarrarán, Pablo & Cueto, Santiago & Santiago, Ana & Severín, Eugenio, 2012. "Technology and Child Development: Evidence from the One Laptop per Child Program," IZA Discussion Papers 6401, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- repec:oup:qjecon:v:118:y:2003:i:3:p:815-842 is not listed on IDEAS
- Ofer Malamud & Cristian Pop-Eleches, 2010.
"Home Computer Use and the Development of Human Capital,"
NBER Working Papers
15814, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- Ofer Malamud & Cristian Pop-Eleches, 2011. "Home Computer Use and the Development of Human Capital," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 126(2), pages 987-1027.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:idb:brikps:78705. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Monica Bazan)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.