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Can mobile phones improve learning? Evidence from a field experiment in Niger

Can mobile phones improve learning? Evidence from a field experiment in Niger

Aker, Jenny C., Ksoll, Christopher ORCID: 0000-0001-6744-6267 and Lybbert, Travis J. (2012) Can mobile phones improve learning? Evidence from a field experiment in Niger. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 4 (4). pp. 94-120. ISSN 1945-7782 (Print), 1945-7790 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1257/app.4.4.94)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult education, mobile phones, information technology, niger
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 16:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28949

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