Economics of the one laptop per child in India

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Much controversy has surrounded the adoption of the one laptop per child (OLPC) programme in India. In the debate, however, an economics perspective has rarely been adopted. In what follows, accordingly, I use some basic economic principles to analyse the full-scale adoption of OLPC laptops in all primary schools in India. Two specific questions are posed. One of them is how much of the country’s total education budget will be spent on the endeavour? Then I ask whether such a large expenditure on laptops can be justified in the Indian context?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1063
JournalCurrent Science
Volume106
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2014

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James, M.J. / Economics of the one laptop per child in India. In: Current Science. 2014 ; Vol. 106, No. 8. pp. 1061-1063.
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Economics of the one laptop per child in India. / James, M.J.

In: Current Science, Vol. 106, No. 8, 25.04.2014, p. 1061-1063.

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