Education and Human Capital

Learning unleashed:  Where governments are failing to provide youngsters with a decent education, the private sector is stepping in

Learning unleashed: Where governments are failing to provide youngsters with a decent education, the private sector is stepping in

July 30, 2015

Given the choice between a free state school where little teaching happens and a private school where their children might actually learn something, parents who can scrape together the fees will plump for the latter. In a properly functioning market, the need to attract their custom would unleash competition and over time improve quality for all. But as a paper by Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja published by the World Bank explains, market failures can stop that happening.

Paper Clip: Mixing friendship and business can help

Paper Clip: Mixing friendship and business can help

July 7, 2015
By Erica Field, Seema Jayachandran, Rohini Pande, and Natalia Rigol - The Indian Express


Efforts to make low-income woman entrepreneurs in developing countries more successful through business training and counselling have yielded mixed results. Researchers have, therefore, looked for other factors that can impact the success of micro-enterprises. One such factor is peer interaction — but the evidence around peer effects at work has so far been limited.

Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

April 16, 2015

By Shankar Vedantam - NPR

There's new research that shows that students desperately want to fit in with their peers. And if their peers are not motivated, this can affect the academic choices that students make... Leonardo Bursztyn at UCLA and Robert Jensen at the Wharton School, went into four low-income LA schools and offered 11th grade students access to free SAT prep courses.

‘Preference for sons’ could help unlock India’s nutrition puzzle

‘Preference for sons’ could help unlock India’s nutrition puzzle

April 9, 2015

By RUKMINI S. - The Hindu

Seema Jayachandran, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics of Northwestern University, and Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, analysed data for over 1.7 lakh Indian and sub-Saharan African children...They found that first-born Indian boys are taller than their sub-Saharan counterparts, but the height disadvantage begins to appear and grow sharper for their younger brothers.

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The Slow Track to Happiness

The Slow Track to Happiness

March 12, 2014

By Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer - Foreign Policy
Religion makes you poorer. It also makes you happier. If you think that's a contradiction, you're wrong. Anyone who has been in a Muslim country during Ramadan knows the transformation that comes about with the first sighting of the crescent moon. During the holy month, the devout fast from sunrise to sunset. Bustling thoroughfares go quiet; office hours are shorter to accommodate fasting employees; and business grinds to a halt, to the frustration of expats and foreign partners.