Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/98625
Authors: 
Fairlie, Robert W.
Robinson, Jonathan
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, UC Santa Cruz Economics Department 714
Abstract: 
Computers are an important part of modern education, yet many schoolchildren lack access to a computer at home. We test whether this impedes educational achievement by conducting the largest-ever field experiment that randomly provides free home computers to students. Although computer ownership and use increased substantially, we find no effects on any educational outcomes, including grades, test scores, credits earned, attendance and disciplinary actions. Our estimates are precise enough to rule out even modestly-sized positive or negative impacts. The estimated null effect is consistent with survey evidence showing no change in homework time or other intermediate inputs in education.
Subjects: 
education
technology
digital divide
experiment
computers
JEL: 
I24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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