ZEW Discussion Papers
Computers as Pedagogical Tools in Brazil: A Pseudo-panel Analysis
Sprietsma, Maresa (2007), Computers as Pedagogical Tools in Brazil: A Pseudo-panel Analysis, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 07-040, Mannheim. Download
In this paper, we use repeated cross-section data on pupils in Brazil to estimate the effect of the availability and use of computers and internet as pedagogical tools on math and reading test scores. Computers are increasingly commonly used in schools and their effectiveness in improving learning is the subject of many recent evaluations in Europe
and the US. We apply the pseudo panel technique to evaluate the effect of variation in the availability and use of computers and internet in Brazilian schools on pupils' test scores.
Keywords: Computers in schools, pupil performance