Posts tagged as: Education

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    Gender equality through secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa

    Early marriage and pregnancy can be detrimental to women’s health, agency, and labour market outcomes. However, compelling evidence from sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) shows that each additional year of secondary education mitigates these risks in both the short- and long-term.   Over the last two decades, SSA has made enormous progress in increasing access to schooling in...

    7 Apr 2022 | Mathilde Sage

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    Selection and incentive effects of teacher performance contracts in Rwanda

    Pay for performance can improve student learning without negative impacts on the type of teacher that gets recruited or retained Student learning in primary school lags enrolment gains across many low-income countries (Angrist et al. 2021). Teachers are key to student attainment (Chetty, Friedman and Rockoff 2014a,b, Bau and Das 2020, Buhl Wiggers et al. 2020) and...

    18 Feb 2022 | Clare Leaver, Owen Ozier, Pieter Serneels, Andrew Zeitlin

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    Rank and peer effects in higher education: Evidence from India

    A more selective academic environment benefits female students along multiple dimensions but male students fail to take advantage of this exposure College education is an important milestone in life. Consequently, there is acute pressure to enrol in more selective colleges as they are expected to provide better teachers, infrastructure, brand value, networking...

    10 Feb 2022 | Utteeyo Dasgupta, Subha Mani, Smriti Sharma, Saurabh Singhal

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    BREAD 2021: Insights on education

    The IGC hosted the BREAD Conference on Economics of Africa from 7-9 July and our new blog series explores key findings from research presented during the conference, including the following publicly available papers on education. Some interesting findings are below. Young people make up most of sub-Saharan Africa’s population, with nearly 500 million children of up to 14...

    14 Jul 2021 | Siobhan McDonough

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    Matter of mobility: Barriers to women’s work and education, and the dangers at home

    As countries across the world implemented lockdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, both women and men have been largely confined to their homes but with differential impacts. In this post, Nikita Sharma discusses the pre-pandemic restrictions on the mobility of women in India – on account of social norms and safety concerns – as well as the dangers they face at...

    16 Mar 2021 | Nikita Sharma

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    Torn safety nets: How COVID-19 has exposed huge inequalities in global education

    In 2018, 258 million children of primary and secondary school age were out of school. Now, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 1.2 billion children find themselves out of school, at least physically. In both the developed and developing worlds, schools have been more than just places of learning; policy designs have moulded them into safety nets for children....

    9 Jun 2020 | Nikita Sharma

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    COVID-19 and the impact on women

    Preliminary figures show that women and men are being infected by COVID-19 in roughly equal numbers, but the mortality rate is higher for men. This is potentially due to sex-based immunological or gendered differences, such as the prevalence of smoking. However, the scarcity of gender disaggregated data makes any effective comparison difficult. Moreover, research on...

    28 Apr 2020 | Laura Sili

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    Improving teacher accountability in Pakistan’s rural schools

    Pakistan has extremely low learning levels and poor education service delivery is a driving factor. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has expressed a strong desire for evidence on how to design evaluation and oversight systems for the education sector, with the goal of improving learning. Accordingly, we conducted an International Growth Centre (IGC) supported study...

    3 Feb 2020 | Saher Asad, Masooma Habib, Naureen Karachiwalla, Katrina Kosec, Clare Leaver, Attique Ur Rehman

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    Understanding Third Tier Organisations (TTOs) in Pakistan and their role in filling public delivery gaps at the community level

    Research into Third Tier Organisations in Pakistan highlights the important work they carry out in spite of a lack of significant government funding. Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), a not-for-profit, along with its partner organizations has been working on social mobilization and development of voluntary organizations at community level across Pakistan. A...

    1 Apr 2019 | Sharmin Arif, Hina Shaikh