Sonalde Desai, Amaresh Dubey, Reeve Vanneman, Rukmini Banerji / India / 2010

From the abstract: "Using data from the recently collected India Human Development Survey, this paper seeks to provide a description of private schooling in India and examine the effects of private school enrollment on educational quality. The results suggest that controlling for the endogeneity of school choice, children in private schools have higher reading and arithmetic skills than those in government schools."

Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das, Asim Khwaja / Pakistan / 2010

From the abstract: "The data support a supply-side explanation: in an environment with low female mobility due to cultural restrictions, women receive signi?cantly lower wages in the labor market. Private schools therefore locate in villages with a greater supply of local high-school educated women."

Robert Jensen / Dominican Republic / 2010

The author examines the perceived returns to schooling versus the actual returns, using middle school data from the Dominican Republic. Students at randomly selected schools given information on the higher actual returns completed more schooling, on average.

Orley Ashenfelter, David Card / 2010

A review of the economic returns of education literature; in particular, exploring the econometric techniques used to extract ability bias from estimates of economic returns.

The impact of conditional cash transfers on schooling and learning: Preliminary evidence from the Tayssir pilot in Morocco
Najy Benhassine, Florencia Devoto, Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas, Victor Pouliquen / Morocco / 2010
Owen Ozier / Kenya / 2010

Exploiting the admissions exam's cut-off, the author finds that secondary schooling increases human capital.

Uwezo Uganda / Uganda / 2010

From the abstract: "Uwezo Uganda has released the first ever large scale citizen led national assessment of learning. A total of 1,620 volunteers visited 16,200 households in 27 districts. The results show that 15 % of children sampled in P7 could not solve class 2 level numeracy tasks."

Joshua Angrist, Susan Dynasrki, Thomas Kane, Parag Pathak, Christopoher Walters / USA / 2010

From the abstract: "Charter schools affiliated with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) are emblematic of the No Excuses approach to public education...We use applicant lotteries to evaluate the impact of KIPP Academy Lynn, a KIPP charter school that is mostly Hispanic and has a high concentration of limited English proficiency (LEP) and special-need students, groups that charter critics have argued are typically under-served."

Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua Angrist, Susan Dynarski, Thomas Kane, Parag Pathak / USA / 2009

From the abstract: "This paper estimates the impact of charter school attendance on student achievement using data from Boston, where charter schools enroll a growing share of students...Estimates using student assignment lotteries show large and significant test score gains for charter lottery winners in middle and high school."

Will Dobbie, Roland Fryer / USA / 2009

From the abstract: "Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), which combines community investments with reform minded charter schools, is one of the most ambitious social experiments to alleviate poverty of our time. We provide the first empirical test of the causal impact of HCZ on educational outcomes, with an eye toward informing the long-standing debate whether schools alone can eliminate the achievement gap or whether the issues that poor children bring to school are too much for educators alone to overcome."