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Too many teachers in Ontario; too few in Sri Lanka. 70 million children without basic education. Examination chaos. Spiraling university costs. Girls excelling in math; girls lagging in math. Brain drain. Millions of people of all ages want to better themselves through education. What barriers do they face? What works and what doesn’t? How to find out? From village classrooms to the halls of the Ivy League, rigorous data can help us get it right. 

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  • 12 October 2020
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Encouraging parents to be more involved in their children’s education

Mobilizing parents in developing countries to become more involved in their children’s education is likely to lead to better teaching and school...

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  • 28 June 2020
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Tackling child labor by raising incomes: does it work?

Income changes can have important consequences for farming communities, including on the prevalence of child labor. What’s more, the link is complex...

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  • 22 June 2020
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Educational challenges of Covid-19: evidence from large-scale assessments

The global pandemic has been particularly disruptive to education with the closure of schools in many countries and children having to study at home...

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  • 01 June 2020
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Improving educational outcomes in Bulgaria: lessons from data and research

It is well understood that low literacy has damaging consequences for both individuals and wider society. As this column notes, literacy is more than...

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  • 19 February 2020
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Qualified teachers: research evidence on effective educational practices

This blog is part of a series organised in conjunction with the 19th global development conference. Quality teachers are widely understood to be...

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  • 09 December 2019
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Motivating teachers to improve learning: evidence from Tanzania

Managing and motivating teachers is essential for providing basic reading and mathematics skills to children in early grades. This column reports on...

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  • 09 September 2019
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The opportunity to go to university motivates poor students: Evidence from Colombia

If talented young people from poor families have the chance to go to university, will they be encouraged to study harder and achieve better test...

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  • 25 August 2019
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Helping children catch up after early life adversity: evidence from Mexico

Adverse conditions early in life often have long-lasting negative effects. This column examines what policy-makers can do to mitigate the...

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  • 07 July 2019
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The illusion of gender parity in education: evidence from Bangladesh

While conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs have been broadly successful in reducing gender gaps in school enrolment and attendance, bringing more...

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  • 10 June 2019
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How students’ college classmates influence their future occupations

College students who are unaware of the ability of their highest-achieving peers are more likely to keep chasing their dream job. In contrast, those...

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