World Bank Research Digest

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Volume 12, No. 1, Fall 2017

This issue of the Research Digest focuses on Education.

List of articles in this issue:

  1. Realizing Education’s PromiseA new report focuses on improving the quality of education as a means to equip young people for life and work in a time of rapid change.
    World Development Report 2018
  2. Investing in School ReadinessChildren in rural Indonesia can follow different pathways of early childhood education. Which of the pathways is most cost-effective?
    Nozomi Nakajima, Amer Hasan, Haeil Jung, Sally Brinkman, Menno Pradhan, and Angela Kinnell
  3. Can Participation by Parents Improve School Quality? A study in Niger shows that grants can increase parent participation in school management—but this increased participation may not improve school quality.
    Elizabeth Ruth Beasley and Elise Huillery
  4. Does More Time in School Improve Learning Outcomes for Students? Simply extending the time students spend at school may do little to improve their learning outcomes. The answer? Full-time teachers.
    Tassia Cruz, Andre Loureiro, and Eduardo Sa
  5. How Does Partnering with the Government Affect Low-Cost Private Schools? Governments are increasingly partnering with the private sector to provide education to low-income students. Is this a good policy?
    Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Pierre de Galbert, James Habyarimana, and Shwetlena Sabarwal
  6. Making Teachers Better: What We Know and How to Learn MoreTeacher training programs that matter for promotion and provide complementary materials are more effective. A new instrument will help us continue to learn what works.
    Anna Popova, David K. Evans, and Violeta Arancibia
  7. Improving Service Delivery for Better Education and Health Outcomes in UgandaEfforts to improve education and health services in Uganda appear to have paid off—though gains continue to lag in poorer areas.
    Clarence Tsimpo, Alvin Etang, and Quentin Wodon
  8. Building More Schools: The Effects on Equality of Opportunity in EducationA new study finds that an increase in local schools in Jordan has led to greater intergenerational mobility in education—especially for women.
    Ragui Assaad and Mohamed Saleh
  9. Predicting School Dropouts in Guatemala and HondurasUsing administrative data from a developing country, a fairly simple model can predict which students are most likely to drop out.
    Melissa Adelman, Francisco Haimovich, Andres Ham, and Emmanuel Vazquez
  10. Teachers’ Effectiveness in Pakistan and the Link to WagesTeachers are key to the quality of learning, but their effectiveness is difficult to predict and not linked to their wages in the public sector.
    Natalie Bau and Jishnu Das
  11. Going Beyond Schooling to Improve Workforce SkillsWhat does it take to succeed in the labor market in developing countries? Cognitive skills matter above and beyond educational attainment.
    Alexandria Valerio, Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta, Namrata Tognatta, and Sebastian Monroy-Taborda
  12. Recent Policy Research Working Papers on Education


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