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New Data on Causal Effects of Lead on Learning in Developing Countries
February 28, 2024
In one new paper, “Toxic Recycling: The Cost of Used Lead-Acid Battery Processing in Mexico”, the authors study the effect of lead-acid battery recycling in Mexico. They find that children exposed to a new source of lead exposure from battery recycling plants score 0.05 - 0.09 standard deviations wo...
Why Africa Shouldn’t Sell Itself Short on Education
February 16, 2024
As African heads of state and government meet for the 37th African Union Summit to discuss “educating and skilling an Africa fit for the 21st century,” they face stark choices forced by a stormy economic environment juxtaposed with urgent educational needs. Although the current climate might require...
When a Refugee Crisis Isn’t: The Minimal Impacts of Syrians on Jordanians’ Education
February 08, 2024
We find no evidence that Syrian refugees in Jordan affected educational outcomes for Jordanians
Refugees and the Education of Host Populations: Evidence from the Syrian Inflow to Jordan
February 08, 2024
While labor market impacts of refugees in low- and middle-income countries are commonly studied, public services like education could also be affected by mass arrivals. This paper examines the impact of Syrian refugees on the educational outcomes of Jordanians. Combining detailed household surveys w...
February 05, 2024
Textbooks play a critical role in schooling around the world but many books continue to under-represent women and girls, and to portray men and women in stereotypical gendered roles. In this paper, we use quantitative text analysis to assess the degree of gender bias in a newly assembled corpus of 1...
School Textbooks in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Are Overwhelmingly Sexist
February 05, 2024
It’s no surprise that books used in schools in many countries have gender biases. But in a new CGD working paper we document exactly how much and what kind of bias exists across over 1,200 books from 34 anglophone countries. This includes high-income countries such as the US, UK, and Australia, and ...
Can Three Days of Discussions Help Eliminate Violence in School?
February 02, 2024
CGD, the FCDO, the Coalition for Good Schools, and the GPE convened discussions at Wilton Park to work towards ending violence in schools. What happened there, and what will happen next?
Violence in Schools: Prevalence, Impact, and Interventions
January 24, 2024
Violence against children in and around schools is preventable and the education sector has the opportunity to play a critical role in driving the change through schools and school systems. This review provides an overview of the available data and prevalence of violence against children in and arou...
The Impacts of Childcare Interventions on Children’s Outcomes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review
January 23, 2024
Center-based childcare programs are expanding rapidly in low- and middle-income countries. While the impacts of these programs on women’s labor market outcomes are consistently positive, what are the impacts on children’s developmental outcomes? We systematically review 71 studies of center-based ch...
The US Government Wants to Make the World Lead-Free: Why That’s a Big Deal, and How We Can Make It Happen
January 17, 2024
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced that the US Government wants to slash global lead poisoning.