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A young child reads among onlookers in India.


Searching for a Better Way to Teach Children to Read in India

Leigh Linden , Fang He, Margaret McLeod

In three related evaluations in India, researchers introduced an early chidhood reading and comprehension program (Shishuvachan) in different contexts— to measure its impact on early literacy rates. Results show that the Shishuvachan program was very effective in improving students' reading skills. The impacts were especially positive for students in established pre-schools (the group for which...

Agriculture, Finance

Futures Prices and Risk Hedging in Gujarat, India

Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to measure the impact of a crop price awareness program on reducing price uncertainty and promoting forward-looking planting decisions among farmers in India.

J-PAL staff help a young girl solve a maze exercise in India.


How to Teach English in India: Testing the Relative Productivity of Instruction Methods within the Pratham English Language Education Program

Leigh Linden , Fang He, Margaret McLeod

Assessing the relative productivity of different implementations of an English curriculum finds that computer assisted learning is as productive a tool to promote language learning for school-children as equivalent interactive teacher-based interventions.


School Libraries and Language Skills in Indian Primary Schools: A Randomized Evaluation of the Akshara Library Program

Leigh Linden , Evan Borkum, Fang He

Researchers partnered with the Akshara Foundation in Bangalore, India to evaluate the impact of hiring trained librarians in primary schools on students’ academic achievement. Overall, the intervention had little effect on students' language, math, and science skills and had no impact on student attendance rates.


Complement or Substitute? The Effect of Technology on Student Achievement in India

Researchers in India attempted to measure the impact of a daily Computer Assisted Learning program on student test scores when delivered as either a substitute for or supplement to the status quo curriculum (delivered during or after school, respectively). While the program improved math scores for students when delivered as a supplement, it actually had a negative impact on math scores when...

Finance, Gender

Targeting the Ultra-Poor in Bangladesh

Imran Rasul, Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess , Selim Gulesci, Narayan C Das, Raniya Shams, Munshi Sulaiman