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How to improve pupils’ literacy? A cost-effectiveness analysis of a French educational project


  • Massoni, Sébastien
  • Vergnaud, Jean-Christophe


The Action Lecture program is an innovative teaching method run in some nursery and primary schools in Paris and designed to improve pupils’ literacy. We report the results of an evaluation of this program. We describe the experimental protocol that was built to estimate the program's impact on several types of indicators. Data were processed following a Differences-in-Differences (DID) method. Then we use the estimation of the impact on academic achievement to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis and take a reduction of the class size program as a benchmark. The results are positive for the Action Lecture program.

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  • Massoni, Sébastien & Vergnaud, Jean-Christophe, 2012. "How to improve pupils’ literacy? A cost-effectiveness analysis of a French educational project," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 84-91.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:31:y:2012:i:1:p:84-91 DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2011.08.013

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    Costs; Educational economics; Efficiency; Resource allocation;

    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General


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