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New technology in schools: is there a payoff?

Machin, Stephen, McNally, Sandra and Silva, Olmo (2006) New technology in schools: is there a payoff? 2234. Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn, Germany.

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Abstract

Despite its high relevance to current policy debates, estimating the causal effect of Information Communication Technology (ICT) investment on educational standards remains fraught with difficulties. In this paper, we exploit a change in the rules governing ICT funding across different school districts of England to devise an instrumental variable strategy to identify the causal impact of ICT expenditure on pupil outcomes. The approach identifies the effect of being a ‘winner’ or a ‘loser’ in the new system of ICT funding allocation to schools. Our findings suggest a positive impact on primary school performance in English and Science, though not for Mathematics. We reconcile our positive results with others in the literature by arguing that it is the joint effect of large increases in ICT funding coupled with a fertile background for making an efficient use of it that led to positive effects of ICT expenditure on educational performance in English primary schools.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.iza.org
Additional Information: © 2006 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: T Technology > T Technology (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I28 - Government Policy
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I20 - General
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H52 - Government Expenditures and Education
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE)
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 2234
Date Deposited: 21 May 2008 18:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/4979/

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