Freed from Illiteracy? A Closer Look at Venezuela’s Misión Robinson Literacy Campaign

@article{Ortega2008FreedFI,
  title={Freed from Illiteracy? A Closer Look at Venezuela’s Misi{\'o}n Robinson Literacy Campaign},
  author={Daniel Ortega and Francisco R. Rodr{\'i}guez},
  journal={Economic Development and Cultural Change},
  year={2008},
  volume={57},
  pages={1 - 30}
}
We evaluate the success of the Venezuelan government’s latest nationwide literacy program, Misión Robinson, using official Venezuelan government survey data. Controlling for existing trends in literacy rates by age groups over the period 1975–2005, we find at most a small positive effect of Misión Robinson on literacy rates, and in many specifications the program's impact is statistically indistinguishable from zero. This main result is robust to time series analysis by birth cohort and to… 

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