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"Do Home Computers Improve Educational Outcomes?" is posted by University of California at Santa Cruz's Deparment of Economics. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

Black and Latino children are far less likely than their white and Asian-American counterparts to have home computers, a tool that some suggest helps boost high school graduation rates, concludes a new study.

While 77.7 percent of Asian-American students and 74.6 percent of white students have computers at home, only 50.6 percent of black students and 48.7 percent of Latino students do, says the study, which was conducted by Robert Fairlie, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He found that the racial disparities existed even when factors such as parental education and income were considered.

In addition, Mr. Fairlieā€™s study suggests that teenagers who have access to computers at home are 6 to 8 percentage points more likely to graduate from high school than teenagers who lack a home computer.

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