RISE Annual Conference 2019

Center for Global Development, Washington, DC


About the event

RISE is a large scale, multi-country research programme developed to answer the question: “How can education systems be reformed to deliver better learning for all?” The RISE Programme Annual Conferences bring together high-profile academics and policymakers for two days of lively debate.

This year's event featured technical presentations by RISE team members and invited speakers in various themed sessions. There was also an invited panel session on Day 1 and a lunchtime panel session on Day 2. The full programme with links to a number of papers and presentations can be found below.

Conference livestream: day 1 (19 June, 2019)

Conference livestream: morning, day 2 (20 June, 2019)

Conference livestream: afternoon, day 2 (20 June, 2019)

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Event Programme

Download: Conference Programme


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

08.30  Registration & Coffee

09:00  Session I: Learning Inequalities and Social Mobility

Chair: Justin Sandefur (Center for Global Development, RISE)

Test Scores and Educational Opportunities: Panel Evidence from Five Countries

  • Presenter: Abhijeet Singh (Stockholm School of Economics, RISE)
  • Co-authors: Jishnu Das (The World Bank, RISE) and Andres Yi Chang (The World Bank)
  • Video 

The Strength of Weak Ties: Indirect Exposure to Colonial Education and Intergenerational Mobility in Benin

  • Presenter: Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University, African School of Economics, RISE)
  • Video

Long-Term and Intergenerational Effects of Education: Evidence from School Construction in Indonesia

  • Presenter: Marieke Kleemans (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Co-authors: Richard Akresh (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Daniel Halim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Video

What We Learn about Girls’ Education from Interventions that Don’t Focus on Girls

  • Presenter: David Evans (Center for Global Development)
  • Co-author: Fei Yuan (Harvard University)
  • Video

10:30  Break

11.00  Session II: Demand-side Accountability

Chair: Clare Leaver (Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, RISE)

Simulating Learning Trajectories: A Formal Model for Learning Profiles

  • Presenter: Michelle Kaffenberger (RISE)
  • Co-author: Lant Pritchett (Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, RISE)
  • Video
  • Slides

Strengthening Local Governance of Schools: Evidence from Pakistan

  • Presenter: Minahil Asim (University of California Davis)
  • Video
  • Slides

School-based Management in Ugandan Primary Schools

  • Presenter: Sarah Kabay (New York University, Elevate: Partners in Education)
  • Video

Long(er) Term Impacts of a Report Card Intervention

  • Presenter: Jishnu Das (The World Bank, RISE)
  • Co-authors: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College, RISE) and Asim Khwaja (Harvard University, RISE)
  • Video

12.30  Lunch

13.30  Session III: Demand-side Preferences

Chair: David Evans (Center for Global Development)

Pricing Private Education in Urban India: Demand, Use and Impact

  • Presenter: Priya Mukherjee (College of William and Mary)
  • Co-author: James Berry (University of Delaware)
  • Video

(Not) Playing Favorites: An Experiment on Parental Preferences for Educational Investment

  • Presenter: Maulik Jagnani (Cornell University)
  • Co-authors: James Berry (University of Delaware) and Rebecca Dizon-Ross (University of Chicago)
  • Video

Can Scholarships Increase High School Graduation Rates? Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Mexico

  • Presenter: Rafael de Hoyos (The World Bank)
  • Co-authors: Orazio Attanasio (University College London) and Costas Meghir (Yale University)
  • Video

Long-Term Impacts of Alternative Approaches to Increase Schooling: Experimental Evidence from a Scholarship Program in Cambodia

  • Presenter: Felipe Barrera-Osorio (Harvard University)
  • Co-authors: Andreas de Barros (Harvard University) and Deon Filmer (The World Bank, RISE)
  • Video

15:00  Break

15:30  Session IV: System Innovation

Chair: Lant Pritchett (Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, RISE)

“All for Education”: Meeting the Governance Challenge

  • Presenter: Brian Levy (Johns Hopkins University, University of Cape Town)
  • Video

Accountability and Trust: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

  • Presenter: Melanie Ehren (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Co-authors: Andrew Paterson (JET Education Services) and Jacqueline Baxter (Open University)
  • Video

Scaling up Successfully: Lessons from Kenya’s Tusome National Literacy Program

  • Presenters: Benjamin Piper (RTI International) and Joseph DeStefano (RTI International)
  • Co-authors: Esther M. Kinyanjui (Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs, State Department of Public Service and Youth), Salome Ong’ele (RTI International)
  • Video

The Myths of Official Measurement: Auditing and Improving Education Data in Developing Countries

  • Presenter: Abhijeet Singh (Stockholm School of Economics, RISE)
  • Video

17:00   Break

17.15   Invited Session: Hard Choices: From Long Lists to Prioritised Action

Moderated by Karen Mundy (University of Toronto)

  • Invited speaker: Dr Kwabena Tandoh [Deputy Director General, (Quality & Access) Ghana Education Service]
  • Video

18.30    Drinks Reception


Thursday, 20 June 2019

08.30  Registration & Coffee

09:00  Session V: Measurement and Methods Morning

Chair: Clare Leaver (Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, RISE)

Managing for Learning: (In)Coherence in Education Systems in Latin America

  • Presenter: Melissa Adelman (The World Bank)
  • Co-authors: Renata Lemos (The World Bank), Reema Nayar (The World Bank), Maria Jose Vargas (The World Bank)
  • Video

Measuring Human Capital

  • Presenter: Noam Angrist (University of Oxford, The World Bank)
  • Co-authors: Simeon Djankov (London School of Economics, The World Bank), Pinelopi K. Goldberg (Yale University, The World Bank), Harry A. Patrinos (The World Bank)
  • Video

Cheating at National Exams in Indonesia: How Big is the Problem?

  • Presenter: Emilie Berkhout (University of Amsterdam, RISE)
  • Co-authors:  Menno Pradhan (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute, RISE), Rahma Wati (Center for Educational Assessment, Indonesia Ministry of Education and Culture, RISE), Daniel Suryadarma (SMERU Research Institute, RISE), Arya Swarnata (SMERU Research Institute)
  • Video

Impossible Generalisations: Meta-Analyses of Education Interventions in International Development

  • Presenter: Edoardo Masset (Center of Excellence in Development Impact and Learning and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Video
  • Slides

10:30  Break

11.00  Session VI: Human Resources

Chair: Justin Sandefur (Center for Global Development, RISE)

Cumulative Risk and Newly Qualified Teachers’ Professional Well-being: Evidence from Rural Ghana

  • Presenter: Syeda Farwa Fatima (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Co-author: Sharon Wolf (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Video

Teachers or Students? The Effects of Giving and Removing Incentives in Public and Private Schools in Tanzania

  • Presenter: Shwetlena Sabarwal (The World Bank, RISE)
  • Co-authors: Deon Filmer (The World Bank, RISE) and James Habyarimana (Georgetown University, RISE)
  • Video

Recruitment, Effort, and Retention Effects of Performance Contracts for Civil Servants: Experimental Evidence from Rwandan Primary Schools

  • Presenter: Andrew Zeitlin (Georgetown University, RISE)
  • Co-authors: Clare Leaver (Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, RISE), Owen Ozier (The World Bank), Pieter Serneels (University of East Anglia, RISE)
  • Video

Misallocation of State Capacity? Evidence from Two Million Primary Schools

  • Presenter: Torsten Figueiredo Walter (London School of Economics)
  • Video

12.30  Lunch

12.45  Lunchtime Panel: Big Efforts in Education

Moderated by Laura Savage (UK's Department for International Development)

  • Panelist: Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg (Chief Economist, World Bank Group)
  • Panelist: Margaret Irving (Education Specialist, Global Partnerships for Education)
  • Panelist: Bronwen Magrath (Research Fellow, Oxford University's Centre for Comparative and International Education) related paper
  • Video

13.45  Session VII: Inside the Classroom I (Harnessing Technology)

Chair: Pieter Serneels (University of East Anglia, RISE)

Improving Schooling Productivity through Computer-Aided Personalization: Experimental Evidence from Rajasthan

  • Presenter: Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego, RISE)
  • Co-author: Abhijeet Singh (Stockholm School of Economics, RISE)
  • Video

Beyond the Basics: Improving Post-Primary Content Delivery through Classroom Technology

  • Presenter: Sabrin Beg (University of Delaware)
  • Co-authors: Adrienne M. Lucas (University of Delaware), Waqas Halim (IT University Lahore), Umer Saif (IT University Lahore)
  • Video

Does Gamification in Education Work? Experimental Evidence from Chile

  • Presenter: Julian Cristia (Inter-American Development Bank)
  • Co-authors: Roberto Araya (Universidad de Chile), Elena Arias Ortiz (Inter-American Development Bank), Nicolas Bottan (Cornell University)
  • Video

The Effect of an E-Reader Intervention on Literacy: Girlsread! Zambia

  • Presenter: Barbara Mensch (Population Council)
  • Co-authors: Nicole Haberland, Erica Soler-Hampejsek, Jean Digitale, Natalie Jackson Hachonda, Nachela Chelwa, Pamela Nyirenda, Erica Chuang, Lisa Polen, Stephanie R. Psaki, Nkomba Kayeyi, Michael T. Mbizvo (all Population Council)
  • Video
  • Slides

15:00  Break

15:30  Session VIII: Inside the Classroom II (Good Teachers and Good Teaching)

Chair: Luis Crouch (RTI International, RISE)

Primary School Class Value-Added in Vietnam

  • Presenter: Paul Glewwe (University of Minnesota, RISE)

Speaker Bios