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School libraries and language skills in Indian primary schools : a randomized evaluation of the Akshara library program

Author: Evan Borkum; Fang He; Leigh L Linden; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2012.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 18183.
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We conduct a randomized evaluation of a school library program on children's language skills. We find that the program had little impact on students' scores on a language test administered 16 months after implementation. The estimates are sufficiently precise to rule out effects larger than 0.13 and 0.11 standard deviations based on the 95 and 90 percent confidence intervals. The finding of zero effects is robust to  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Evan Borkum; Fang He; Leigh L Linden; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 796938700
Notes: Title from http://www.nber.org/papers/18183 viewed June 27, 2012.
"June 2012."
Description: 1 online resource (41 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 18183.
Responsibility: Evan Borkum, Fang He, Leigh L. Linden.

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We conduct a randomized evaluation of a school library program on children's language skills. We find that the program had little impact on students' scores on a language test administered 16 months after implementation. The estimates are sufficiently precise to rule out effects larger than 0.13 and 0.11 standard deviations based on the 95 and 90 percent confidence intervals. The finding of zero effects is robust to different modes of implementation, individual tested language competencies and various subsets of the student population. We also find no impact on test scores in other subjects or on school attendance rates.

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