Do Children Benefit from Internet Access? Experimental Evidence from Peru

60 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2018

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Ofer Malamud

University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Santiago Cueto

Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE)

Julian Cristia

Inter-American Development Bank

Diether W. Beuermann

University of Maryland - College Park; Durham Business School; Inter-American Development Bank (IADB); Universidad de Lima - Facultad de Economia

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Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

This paper provides experimental evidence for the impact of home internet access on a broad range of child outcomes in Peru. We compare children who were randomly chosen to receive laptops with high-speed internet access to (i) those who did not receive laptops and (ii) those who only received laptops without internet. We find that providing free internet access led to improved computer and internet proficiency relative to those without laptops and improved internet proficiency compared to those with laptops only. However, there were no significant effects of internet access on math and reading achievement, cognitive skills, self-esteem, teacher perceptions, or school grades when compared to either group. We explore reasons for the absence of impacts on these key outcomes with survey questions, time-diaries, and computer logs.

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Suggested Citation

Malamud, Ofer and Cueto, Santiago and Cristia, Julian and Beuermann, Diether Wolfgang, Do Children Benefit from Internet Access? Experimental Evidence from Peru (November 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w25312. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3294880

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