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Report cards : the impact of providing school and child test scores on educational markets

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  • Andrabi,Tahir
  • Das,Jishnu
  • Khwaja,Asim Ijaz

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This paper studies study the impact of providing school and child test scores on subsequent test scores, prices, and enrollment in markets with multiple public and private providers. A randomly selected half of the sample villages (markets) received report cards. This increased test scores by 0.11 standard deviations, decreased private school fees by 17 percent, and increased primary enrollment by 4.5 percent. Heterogeneity in the treatment impact by initial school quality is consistent with canonical models of asymmetric information. Information provision facilitates better comparisons across providers, improves market efficiency and raises child welfare through higher test scores, higher enrollment, and lower fees.

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  • Andrabi,Tahir & Das,Jishnu & Khwaja,Asim Ijaz, 2015. "Report cards : the impact of providing school and child test scores on educational markets," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7226, The World Bank.
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    Keywords

    Primary Education; Education For All; Secondary Education; Tertiary Education; Effective Schools and Teachers;

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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