What are the effects of giving each child a laptop?

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This study I found via Gabriel Bouchaud examines the possible effects of the One Laptop per Child in Peru. Other than my normal procedure I want to start with the abstract as it summarizes a lot already:

This paper presents results from a large-scale randomized evalua- tion of the One Laptop per Child program, using data collected after 15 months of implementation in 318 primary schools in rural Peru. The program increased the ratio of computers per student from 0.12 to 1.18 in treatment schools. This expansion in access translated into substantial increases in use of computers both at school and at home. No evidence is found of effects on test scores in math and language. There is some evidence, though inconclusive, about positive effects on general cognitive skills.

This doesn’t sound that bad. The pupils use computers more – what a suprise if they didn’t own a computer…

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