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Why is it so hard for Indonesia to recruit good teachers? We argue that the struggle to recruit good teachers are due to institutional, political economy,…

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Aris R. Huang
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Akhmadi
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Whether better test scores can increase college attendance among poor students in low- and middle-income countries remains an open question. Using data from…

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Andres Yi Chang
Children sitting on the floor in a classroom in Pakistan
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We trace the effects of a devastating earthquake that occurred in Northern Pakistan in 2005. Using a new dataset from a survey conducted four years after…

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Benjamin Daniels
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Boy sitting at his desk with his head in his hands
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The Sustainable Development Goals have targets for both expansion of schooling to achieve universal completion of primary and secondary schooling…

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This paper presents evidence on teacher opinions regarding performance pay from a large experimental evaluation that included three interventions: a school…

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On the 2012 and 2015 PISA assessments, Vietnam’s performance ranks much higher than that of all other developing countries, and even ahead of…

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Jongwook Lee
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Students standing outside of a school in Indonesia
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Poor teacher accountability leads to poor education quality, especially in remotely-located schools that are costly to supervise. This paper reports the…

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Arya Gaduh
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Jan Priebe
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Dewi Susanti
Three schoolboys running and smiling
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Understanding whether wide-ranging education reforms effectively improve learning outcomes is of crucial importance in many low and middle-income countries…

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Why do some students learn more in some schools than others? One consideration receiving growing attention is school management. To study this, researchers…

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Daniela Scur
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Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa have not implemented testing of children’s learning that can be benchmarked regionally or globally. In contrast, in the…

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Maryam Akmal
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Nancy Birdsall
Empty classroom in Africa
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This study provides a rare ground-level picture of the interactions around schooling among parents, teachers, district-level brokers, as well as village…

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Adam Ashforth
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Accountability is rightly at the center of the conversation regarding how to improve governance systems, particularly health and education systems. But…

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Dan Honig
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The Challenge: Imagining a System That Can Generate Steady Productivity Gains Through Innovations

The basic theoretical and practical issue facing the RISE…

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