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Title: Can one-to-one computing narrow the digital divide and the educational gap in China? The case of Beijing migrant schools
Authors: Mo, Di ×
Swinnen, Jo
Zhang, L.
Yi, H.
Qu, Q.
Boswell, M.
Rozelle, S. #
Issue Date: 2013
Series Title: World Development vol:46 issue:June pages:14-29
Abstract: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is a high profile initiative to narrow the inequality of access to ICT and improve educational performance. However, there is little empirical evidence on its impacts. In order to assess the effectiveness of OLPC, we conducted a randomized experiment of OLPC with Chinese characteristics involving 300 third-grade students in Beijing migrant schools. Our results
show that the program improved student computer skills by 0.33 standard deviations and math scores by 0.17 standard deviations.
The program also increased student time spent using educational software and decreased student time spent watching TV. Student selfesteem also improved.
ISSN: 0305-750X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Leuven
Research Center of Development Economics, Leuven
× corresponding author
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