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Improving School Education Outcomes in Developing Countries: Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications

Tuesday, 1 November 2016, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Improving School Education Outcomes in Developing Countries: Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications

Trinity Impact Evaluation unit (TIME), Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Trinity International Development Initiative are pleased to welcome Professor Paul Glewwe to Trinity College.

“Improving School Education Outcomes in Developing Countries: Evidence, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications”

Improvements in the standard of empirical research on identifying the causal impact of education policies on education outcomes have led to a significant increase in the body of evidence available on improving education outcomes in developing countries. In this address, Professor Paul Glewwe synthesizes and interprets this evidence, and discusses why some interventions appear to be effective and others do not. Interpreting the evidence for generalizable lessons is challenging because of variation across contexts, duration and quality of studies, and the details of specific interventions studied. Nevertheless, some broad patterns do emerge.

Demand-side interventions that increase the immediate returns to (or reduce household costs of) school enrollment, or that increase students’ returns to effort, are broadly effective at increasing time in school and learning outcomes, but vary considerably in cost-effectiveness. Many expensive “standard” school inputs are often not very effective at improving outcomes, though some specific inputs (which are often less expensive) are. Interventions that focus on improved pedagogy (especially supplemental instruction to children lagging behind grade level competencies) are particularly effective, and so are interventions that improve school governance and teacher accountability. The broad policy message is that the evidence points to several promising ways in which the efficiency of education spending in developing countries can be improved by pivoting public expenditure from less cost-effective to more cost-effective ways of achieving the same objectives.

Paul Glewwe is Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota and the current Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy. This keynote address will open Development Research Week, a week of development research activities at Trinity College. The address will be held in the Neill Lecture Theatre at the Long Room Hub and will be opened by Michael Gaffey, Director General of Irish Aid.

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