J-PAL’s Education sector seeks to improve access to and delivery of high-quality schooling at the primary and post-primary levels through research on issues like pedagogy, teacher training, incentives (for children, for teachers, for families), school governance, early childhood development, and information and communications technology.

The Post-Primary Education (PPE) Initiative aims to generate rigorous evidence on policies to increase access to, and improve the quality and relevance of, secondary, tertiary, and vocational education in developing countries. The PPE Initiative 9th Request for Proposals (RFP) closed on December 10, 2017. The 10th Round Request for Proposals will be released in April 2018.


Expanding Access and Increasing Student Learning in Post-Primary Education in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence

In this review, J-PAL affiliates Abhijit Banerjee and Paul Glewwe along with Shawn Powers and Melanie Wasserman synthesize the evidence to date on post-primary education and identify policies that...

Children in India do classwork using chalk on the stone floor


Improving Student Participation

The results of randomized evaluations reveal the most cost-effective approaches to improving student attendance.


Claudia Martínez

Claudia is Assistant Professor of the Institute of Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her research focuses on distribution of power inside households, migration, education and...

Classroom, India


Remedial education

Programs that reorient classroom instruction to focus on the learning level of the child are reaching over 47 million children in India.

Kenya’s National School-Based Deworming Programme rolls out in Kwale province, Kenya.


School-based deworming

School-based deworming programs scaled up by Evidence Action, local implementing partners, and other related organizations reached over 190 million children in the 2015-16 school year in India, Kenya...

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The Effect of Charter School Best Practices in Public Schools in the United States

This study examined whether the combination of five charter school best practices could improve student achievement within traditional public schools in Texas. Results suggest that implementing...


Informing Future Choices

In Chile, showing eighth grade students a video about financial aid for higher education resulted in increased school attendance and increased enrollment in college-preparatory schools, but not in...

In 2010, over 90 percent of primary school age children around the world were enrolled in primary and secondary education (World Bank, The State of Education). But being in school does not guarantee that students are learning.


Increasing Test Score Performance

The impacts of numerous strategies to improve student learning vary considerably. They also incur drastically different costs, and some programs therefore achieve learning gains with much greater...

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