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

  • Maria Kuecken


    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS)

  • Marie-Anne Valfort


    (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS)

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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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    Paper provided by HAL in its series Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) with number halshs-00828418.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jun 2013
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    Publication status: Published in Economics Letters, Elsevier, 2013, 119 (3), pp.311-315. <10.1016/j.econlet.2013.03.012>
    Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00828418
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.03.012
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