ALDERETE Maria Veronica
New technologies in households: Is there an educational payoff? Evidence from Argentina
FORMICHELLA, MARÍA MARTA; ALDERETE MARÍA VERÓNICA; DI MEGLIO, GISELA
Education in the Knowledge Society
Universidad de Salamanca
Año: 2020 vol. 21 p. 1 - 1
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are now deeply embedded in educational systems across both developed and developing countries. However, research on the impact of ICT on educational outcomes is still inconclusive. This paper examines whether computers with Internet access at student´s home has a payoff in terms of mathematics, reading and science scores. Moreover, it assesses the effects of ICT in households on school failure. To do so, the research employs a matching procedure using PISA database available for Argentina. Results show that educational performance increases between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent among the group of students with a home computer connected to Internet, depending on the skill considered and the matching method employed. Furthermore, ICT access at home reduces school failure by between 8 per cent and 18 per cent. These findings would support public policies recently implemented in the region aimed at the universalization of ICT.