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Technology and Child Development: Evidence from the One Laptop Per Child Program


Julian Cristia


Inter-American Development Bank

Pablo Ibarraran


Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Santiago Cueto


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ana Santiago


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eugenio Severin


affiliation not provided to SSRN

February 2012

IDB Working Paper No. IDB-WP-304

Abstract:     
Although many countries are aggressively implementing the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, there is a lack of empirical evidence on its effects. This paper presents the impact of the first large-scale randomized evaluation of the OLPC program, using data collected after 15 months of implementation in 319 primary schools in rural Peru. The results indicate that the program increased the ratio of computers per student from 0. 12 to 1. 18 in treatment schools. This expansion in access translated into substantial increases in use both at school and at home. No evidence is found of effects on enrollment and test scores in Math and Language. Some positive effects are found, however, in general cognitive skills as measured by Raven’s Progressive Matrices, a verbal fluency test and a Coding test.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

JEL Classification: C93, I21, I28

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Date posted: April 1, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Cristia, Julian and Ibarraran, Pablo and Cueto, Santiago and Santiago, Ana and Severin, Eugenio, Technology and Child Development: Evidence from the One Laptop Per Child Program (February 2012). IDB Working Paper No. IDB-WP-304. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2032444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2032444

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Julian Cristia (Contact Author)
Inter-American Development Bank ( email )
1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States
Pablo Ibarraran
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )
1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Santiago Cueto
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Ana Santiago
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Eugenio Severin
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