Impact of Internet Access on Student Learning in Peruvian Schools

Resource type
Report
Authors/contributors
Title
Impact of Internet Access on Student Learning in Peruvian Schools
Abstract
We investigate the impacts of school-based internet access on pupil achievement in Peru, using a large panel of 5,903 public primary schools that gained internet connections during 2007-2014. We employ an event study approach and a trend break analysis that exploit variation in the timing of internet roll-out up to 5 years after installation. We find that internet access has a moderate, positive short-run impact on school-average standardized math scores, but importantly that this effect grows over time. We provide evidence that schools require time to adapt to internet access by hiring teachers with computer training and that this process is not immediate. These dynamics highlight the need for complementary investments to fully exploit new technological inputs and underscores the importance of using an extended evaluation window to allow the effects of school-based internet on learning to materialize.
Report Number
2018-3
Series Title
Working Papers
Institution
Michigan State University, Department of Economics
Date
2018/04/01
Language
en
Accessed
28/05/2021, 20:26
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Publication Title: Working Papers
Citation
Kho, K., Lakdawala, L., & Nakasone, E. (2018). Impact of Internet Access on Student Learning in Peruvian Schools (No. 2018–3; Working Papers). Michigan State University, Department of Economics. https://ideas.repec.org/p/ris/msuecw/2018_003.html