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When do textbooks matter for achievement? Evidence from African primary schools

  • Kuecken, Maria
  • Valfort, Marie-Anne
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    Using a within-student analysis, we find no average impact of textbook access (ownership or sharing) on primary school achievement. Instead, it is only for students with high socioeconomic status that one form of textbook access–sharing–has a positive impact.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 119 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 311-315

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