Do Children Benefit from Internet Access? Experimental Evidence from Peru

61 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2019

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Ofer Malamud

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

Beata Smarzynska Javorcik

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Julian Cristia

Inter-American Development Bank

Diether W. Beuermann

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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Date Written: 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.

Keywords: internet, children, education, skills, experimental, Peru

JEL Classification: I210

Suggested Citation

Malamud, Ofer and Smarzynska Javorcik, Beata and Cristia, Julian and Beuermann, Diether W., Do Children Benefit from Internet Access? Experimental Evidence from Peru (2018). CESifo Working Paper No. 7384. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338713

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Julian Cristia

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