Thursday, January 2, 2014

The challenge of improving education in the developing world

This video discusses the results contained in the Science article

The Challenge of Education and Learning in the Developing World
Michael Kremer, Conner Brannen, Rachel Glennerster

It uses the same approach of randomised trials that feature in the book Poor Economics.


  1. I think it's a good thing that these lab centres around the world are trying to promote dialogue between researchers and policy makers on this problem, as their website suggests. Seems to me that most previous responses to poverty, like terrorism, were based largely on the emotional appeal rather than academic analyses. But I guess one might also find critics of (or reasons to ignore) such 'cold philosophy' as Keats put it.

    On a technical point: of the countries mentioned in the video, India and Philippines are now seemingly called newly industrialized countries (

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