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Refugees and the Education of Host Populations
February 08, 2024
The Responsibility of My Country in an Unjust Global System
February 02, 2024
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...
Designing a Randomized Controlled Trial on Livelihoods for Refugees and Hosts: The Case of Re:Build in Kampala
January 30, 2024
As policymakers in protracted refugee situations shift from short-term humanitarian responses to longer-term development support, it is critical to identify effective approaches for allocating scarce resources. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on livelihood programs for refugees annually, y...
Feasibility First: Expanding Access Before Fixing Learning
December 06, 2023
The first SDG4 target is to both expand access to universal secondary school and to ensure that all children achieve minimum learning outcomes in primary school. To the extent that action must be prioritized, this article argues that achieving universal secondary education is both more feasible at s...
Identifying Macroeconomic Resilience to External Shocks in Emerging and Developing Countries: Lessons from the Global Shocks of 2020-2022
October 05, 2023
This paper uses a straightforward Resilience Indicator, constructed from a small set of economic and institutional variables, to show that by 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global shocks, it was possible to identify emerging markets and developing countries that would encounter ...
How Much Would Reducing Lead Exposure Improve Children’s Learning in the Developing World?
July 30, 2023
Around half of children in low-income countries have elevated blood lead levels. What role does lead play in explaining low educational outcomes in these settings?
Improving School Management in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review
June 28, 2023
Improving school quality in low- and middle-income countries is a global priority. One way to improve quality may be to improve the management skills of school leaders. In this systematic review, we analyze the impact of interventions targeting school leaders' management practices on student learnin...