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The Effects of School Libraries on Language Skills: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in India

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  • Evan Borkum
  • Fang He
  • Leigh L. Linden

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We conduct a randomized controlled trial of an Indian school library program. Overall, the program had no impact on students’ scores on a language skills test administered after 16 months. The estimates are sufficiently precise to rule out effects larger than 0.053 and 0.037 standard deviations, based on the 95 and 90 percent confidence intervals. This finding is robust across individual competencies and subsets of the sample. The method of treatment, however, does seem to matter—physical libraries have no effect, while visiting librarians actually reduce test scores. We find no impact on test scores in other subjects or attendance rates.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 18183.

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Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:18183

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  1. Abeberese, Ama Baafra & Kumler, Todd J. & Linden, Leigh L., 2011. "Improving Reading Skills by Encouraging Children to Read: A Randomized Evaluation of the Sa Aklat Sisikat Reading Program in the Philippines," IZA Discussion Papers 5812, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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