The Effect of Computer-Assisted Learning on Students’ Long-Term Development

70 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2019 Last revised: 29 Sep 2019

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Nicola Bianchi

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Yi Lu

School of Business, University of Hong Kong

Hong Song

Fudan University

Date Written: September 25, 2019

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of computer-assisted education on students’ long-term development. It explores the implementation of the “largest ed-tech intervention in the world to date” that connected China’s best teachers to more than 100 million rural students through satellite internet. We find evidence that exposure to the program improved students’ academic achievement, labor performance, and computer usage, while decreasing mental health. We observe these effects up to ten years after program implementation. These findings indicate that education technology might have long-lasting positive effects on a variety of outcomes. Moreover, technology can be effective in reducing the rural-urban education gap.

Keywords: computer-assisted education, teachers' quality, education technology, China, education policy

JEL Classification: I24, O38, O15, I26, I28

Suggested Citation

Bianchi, Nicola and Lu, Yi and Song, Hong, The Effect of Computer-Assisted Learning on Students’ Long-Term Development (September 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3309169 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3309169

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