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ABC, 123: Can you text me now? The Impact of a Mobile Phone Literacy Program on Educational Outcomes

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  • Jenny C Aker
  • Christohper Ksoll
  • Travis J. Lybbert

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We report the short-term results from a randomized evaluation of a mobile phone literacy and numeracy program (Project ABC) in Niger, in which adult literacy students learned how to use mobile phones as part of a literacy and numeracy class. Students in ABC villages showed substantial gains in numeracy exam scores. There is also evidence of heterogeneity in program effects across regions, suggesting the impact is context dependent. These results were stronger in one region, for women and for participants younger than 45. There was also evidence of persistent impacts: six months after the end of the first year of classes, students in ABC villages retained what they had learned better than the non-ABC students. These effects do not appear to be driven by differences in teacher quality and motivation, nor student attendance.

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  • Jenny C Aker & Christohper Ksoll & Travis J. Lybbert, 2010. "ABC, 123: Can you text me now? The Impact of a Mobile Phone Literacy Program on Educational Outcomes," CSAE Working Paper Series 2010-22, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
  • Handle: RePEc:csa:wpaper:2010-22
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    1. Duncan Wambogo Omole, 2013. "Harnessing information and communication technologies (ICTs) to address urban poverty: Emerging open policy lessons for the open knowledge economy," Information Technology for Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(1), pages 86-96, January.

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    Education; literacy; information technology; program evaluation; Nigeria;

    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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