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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 4 No. 4 (October 2012)

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Can Mobile Phones Improve Learning? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Niger

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Aker, Jenny C., Christopher Ksoll, and Travis J. Lybbert. 2012. "Can Mobile Phones Improve Learning? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Niger." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 4(4): 94-120.

DOI: 10.1257/app.4.4.94

Abstract

The returns to educational investments hinge on whether such investments can improve the quality and persistence of educational gains. We report the results from a randomized evaluation of an adult education program in Niger, in which some students learned how to use simple mobile phones (Project ABC). Students in ABC villages achieved test scores that were 0.19-0.26 standard deviations higher than those in standard adult education classes, and standardized math test scores remained higher seven months after the end of classes. These results suggest that simple information technology can be harnessed to improve educational outcomes among rural populations. (JEL D83, I21, O15, O33)

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Aker, Jenny C. (Tufts U)
Ksoll, Christopher (CSAE, U Oxford)
Lybbert, Travis J. (U CA, Davis and Giannini Foundation)

JEL Classifications

D83: Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
I21: Analysis of Education
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
O33: Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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