Author Date

2020-03-20

Degree Name

BS

Department

Economics

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Defense Date

2020-03-11

Publication Date

2020-03-20

First Faculty Advisor

Dr. Olga Stoddard

First Faculty Reader

Dr. Eric Eide

Honors Coordinator

Dr. John Stovall

Keywords

Pratham, India, Education, Economics, Government Partnership

Abstract

India is working to improve learning in primary schools. In this paper, I evaluate the impact of partnerships between Pratham, an education-centered NGO, and Indian government schools. Using a difference-in-differences design to examine the impact of the partnership in Uttar Pradesh, I find a positive short-run effect (a 7% increase in test scores) using state-wide ASER data, and I find inconclusive effects using data restricted to government schools. Considering channels through which the partnerships may impact student learning, I conclude that the program shows potential to have positive, longer-term effects.

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