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Prioritizing Educational Investments in Children in the Developing World

36 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2008  

David Evans

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Arkadipta Ghosh

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Date Written: June 2008

Abstract

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.

Keywords: education

JEL Classification: O12, O15, I20

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1145687 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1145687

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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