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"Illiteracy" Revisited: What Ortega and Rodríguez Read in the Household Survey

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  • David Rosnick
  • Mark Weisbrot

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This paper challenges the conclusions of an econometric analysis by Daniel Ortega and Francisco Rodríguez on the effects on literacy of the Misión Robinson program in Venezuela. Their analysis concludes "most of our estimates of program impact represent qualitatively small and rarely statistically significant effects of Robinson, while some point estimates are actually negative." This CEPR paper shows that the econometric analysis used by Ortega and Rodríguez does not provide statistical evidence regarding the size of the Misión Robinson national literacy program in Venezuela, partly because the Household Survey data on which the authors relied are too crude a measure to make such an estimate. In addition, the statistical tests the authors used are not appropriate to test (falsify) the hypothesis that the program was a large-scale program.

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  • David Rosnick & Mark Weisbrot, 2008. ""Illiteracy" Revisited: What Ortega and Rodríguez Read in the Household Survey," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2008-16, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  • Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2008-16
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    Cited by:

    1. Özgür Orhangazi, 2014. "Contours of Alternative Policy Making in Venezuela," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 46(2), pages 221-240, June.
    2. Werner L. Hernani-Limarino & Paul Villarroel & Christian Valencia, 2015. "¿Libres de Analfabetismo? Evaluando la Experiencia Boliviana con el Programa Nacional de Alfabetización “Yo Si Puedo”," Working Papers 04/2015, Fundación Aru.

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    Keywords

    Venezuela; social programs; literacy; Latin America;

    JEL classification:

    • I - Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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