School Access, Resources, and Learning Outcomes: Evidence from a Non-Formal School Program in Bangladesh

50 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011

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Hai-Anh Dang

World Bank - Development Data Group (DECDG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA); Global Labor Organization (GLO); Vietnam National University Ha Noi; Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) - Centre for Analysis and Forecasting

Leopold R. Sarr

Cornell University - Food and Nutrition Policy Program

M. Niaz Asadullah

University of Reading - Department of Economics; University of Malaya

Abstract

This study reports evidence from an unusual policy intervention – The Reaching Out of School Children (ROSC) project – in Bangladesh where school grants and education allowances are offered to attract hard-to-reach children to schools comprised of a single teacher and a classroom. The operating unit cost of these schools is a fraction of that of formal primary schools. We use panel data to investigate whether ROSC schools are effective in raising enrolment and learning outcomes. Our findings suggest that there is a modest impact on school participation: ROSC schools increase enrolment probability between 9 and 18% for children in the two age cohorts 6-8 and 6-10. They perform as well as non-ROSC schools in terms of raising test scores, and even have positive impacts on academically stronger students. There is also strong evidence of positive externalities on non-ROSC schools in program areas. These results point to the effectiveness of a new model of non-formal primary schools that can be replicated in similar settings.

Keywords: non-formal school, impact evaluation, multiple treatments, learning outcomes

JEL Classification: I21, O10

Suggested Citation

Dang, Hai-Anh H. and Sarr, Leopold R. and Asadullah, Mohammad Niaz, School Access, Resources, and Learning Outcomes: Evidence from a Non-Formal School Program in Bangladesh. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5659, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1820950

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Mohammad Niaz Asadullah

University of Reading - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Malaya ( email )

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Malaysia

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