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Introducing a performance-based school grant in Jakarta : what do we know about its impact after two years ? (English)

This paper evaluates the early impact of introducing a performance component into Jakarta's school grant program on learning outcomes. Using administrative data, it applies difference-in-differences and regression discontinuity approaches to identify the impact of the grant by exploiting differences in program coverage over time, as well as by comparing changes in test scores between schools that received the additional performance award with schools that did not. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8223 OCT 23, 2017

Al-Samarrai,Samer; Shrestha,Unika; Hasan,Amer; Nakajima,Nozomi; Santoso,Santoso; Adi Wijoyo,Wisnu Harto Disclosed

On-the-job training : returns, barriers to provision, and policy implications (English)

Firms that provide on-the-job training do so when it is critical to their productivity -- and when productivity is critical to their survival. This paper begins by confirming a significant and positive return from on-the-job training on wages and productivity, as well as the presence of positive externalities from on-the-job training, while discussing the methodological considerations at play. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8090 JUN 07, 2017

Saraf,Priyam Disclosed

What do teachers know and do ? does it matter ? evidence from primary schools in Africa (English)

School enrollment has universally increased over the past 25 years in low-income countries. However, enrolling in school does not guarantee that children learn. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7956 JAN 26, 2017

Bold,Tessa; Filmer,Deon P.; Martin,Gayle; Molina,Ezequiel; Rockmore,Christophe; Stacy,Brian William; Svensson,Jakob; Wane,Waly Disclosed

Impact of public-private partnerships on private school performance : evidence from a randomized controlled trial in Uganda (English)

This paper estimates the short-term, partial-equilibrium impacts of a public-private partnership program for low-cost private secondary schools in Uganda. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7905 DEC 05, 2016

Barrera-Osorio,Felipe; De Galbert,Pierre Gaspard; Habyarimana,James Paul; Sabarwal,Shwetlena Disclosed

Are there skills payoffs in low- and middle-income countries ? empirical evidence using STEP data (English)

Most research on the economic payoffs of skills has used individuals' level of schooling attained -- typically years or level of education or training received—as a key proxy for skills. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7879 NOV 03, 2016

Valerio,Alexandria; Sanchez Puerta,Maria Laura; Tognatta,Namrata Raman; Monroy Taborda,Sebastian Disclosed

Do cognitive and noncognitive skills explain the gender wage gap in middle-income countries ? an analysis using STEP data (English)

Gender-based wage discrimination is a highly researched area of labor economics. However, most studies on this topic have focused on schooling and paid limited attention to the mechanisms through which cognitive and noncognitive skills influence wages. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7878 NOV 03, 2016

Tognatta,Namrata Raman; Valerio,Alexandria; Sanchez Puerta,Maria Laura Disclosed

Investing in school readiness : an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of early childhood education pathways in rural Indonesia (English)

This paper presents evidence on the cost-effectiveness of early childhood education pathways in rural Indonesia. It documents the existence of substantial differences in school readiness between 6 to 9 year old children. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7832 SEP 26, 2016

Nakajima,Nozomi; Hasan,Amer; Jung,Haeil; Brinkman,Sally Ann; Pradhan,Menno Prasad; Kinnell,Angela Disclosed

Training teachers on the job : what works and how to measure it (English)

A significant body of research demonstrates that teachers and the quality of their teaching are crucial components of student learning. Many teachers in resource-poor environments have limited knowledge, skills, or motivation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7834 SEP 26, 2016

Popova,Anna; Evans,David; Arancibia,Violeta Disclosed