Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101916
Authors: 
Marandino, Joaquin
Wunnava, Phanindra V.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8415
Abstract: 
This paper examines the effect of the One Laptop Per Child program in Uruguay [Plan Ceibal] on household labor income. Since 2007, the Uruguayan government has delivered one laptop to every child and every teacher in public primary schools. This program has considerably increased access to information technology within households since evidence shows that parents make use of the technology. Households in the department of Florida received laptops in 2007, while those in the department of Canelones received them in 2009. Therefore, using data from Household Surveys from the National Institute of Statistics in Uruguay, a difference-in-difference model is estimated to capture the effect of the plan of giving laptops on labor income [either total or hourly income]. The results indicate that there is a statistically significant positive effect of this plan on the labor income of those households below the median income. Such findings call for a plan that is more targeted to give laptops to low-income households, where parents possess less computer skills and the program has a greater potential.
Subjects: 
technology
laptop
Uruguay
labor income
difference-in-difference
median income
JEL: 
H41
H52
J31
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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