The Other Idiot Box

Jacob Vigdor, a Duke University economist who does terrific work on education, segregation and immigration, is presently visiting ANU. He’s giving a talk on Friday – details below.

Scaling the Digital Divide: Home Computer Technology and Student Achievement (with Charles Clotfelter & Helen Ladd)
Does differential access to computer technology at home compound the educational disparities between rich and poor? Would a program of government provision of computers to secondary students reduce these disparities? We use administrative data on North Carolina public school students to corroborate earlier surveys which document broad racial and socioeconomic gaps in home computer access and use. Using within-student variation in home computer access, and across-ZIP code variation in the timing of the introduction of high-speed internet service, we also demonstrate that the introduction of home computer technology is associated with modest but statistically significant and persistent negative impacts on student math and reading test scores. Further evidence suggests that providing universal access to home computers and high-speed internet access would broaden, rather than narrow, math and reading achievement gaps.

When: Fri, July 17, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Where: Seminar Room A, Coombs Building (Building #9), Fellows Road, ANU (map)

Update, 20/7: Peter Martin came along to the seminar and wrote it up for the SMAge.

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