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Prioritizing Educational Investments in Children in the Developing World


David Evans


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Arkadipta Ghosh


Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

June 2008

RAND Working Paper No. WR-587

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The authors bring together 40 randomized and non-randomized evaluations of education programs to compare cost-effectiveness, seeking to facilitate prioritization of different candidate interventions by policymakers. They examine cost-effectiveness across three outcomes (enrollment, attendance, and test scores) and find distinct best interventions for each outcome. For increasing enrollment, urban fellowships, school consolidation, and extra teachers have proven most cost effective. For school attendance, school-based deworming stands out as most cost effective. And for improving test scores, several interventions seem similarly cost effective, including providing blackboards, workbooks, training teachers, and others. They discuss some of the challenges inherent to comparing interventions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: education

JEL Classification: O12, O15, I20

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Date posted: June 15, 2008  

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Evans, David and Ghosh, Arkadipta, Prioritizing Educational Investments in Children in the Developing World (June 2008). RAND Working Paper No. WR-587. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1145687 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1145687

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David Evans (Contact Author)
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Arkadipta Ghosh
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. ( email )
P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
United States
609-750-2008 (Phone)
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