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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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  • 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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  • 02 June 2019
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Making the most of international large-scale assessments in education

International large-scale assessments are often described as an investment in a country’s education system. But who acts to ensure that the...

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  • 27 May 2019
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Countering messages of ‘stereotype bias’ to children

Exposure to stereotypes—such as ‘boys are better than girls at learning mathematics’—can have a big impact on children’s beliefs. This column reports...

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  • 22 April 2019
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Sleep: how arbitrary clock conventions damage long-run educational outcomes

In policy discussions about education in developing countries, one neglected topic is the time of day at which the sun sets, something that is...

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  • 16 April 2019
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Building schools boosts long-term and intergenerational outcomes

Does investment in school construction promote higher educational attainment—and do the effects improve students’ later lives and those of the next...

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  • 05 February 2019
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Education in Sri Lanka: widening access and improving skills

Despite Sri Lanka’s free system of education from primary schools to universities, the country’s demand for skills to promote economic development is...

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  • 29 October 2018
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Skills for development: the contrasting experiences of Mexico and Turkey

The skills of a country’s workforce can have a powerful impact on its development prospects. Comparing the experiences of the manufacturing industry...

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