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The Learning Generation

  title={The Learning Generation},
  author={Mari Oye and Lant Pritchett and Justin Sandefur},
An enormous empirical literature measures the benefits of increased schooling. The assumption, often implicit, is that schooling and learning–the acquisition of skills, competencies, abilities, dispositions–have a strong and tight relationship so that schooling is a good measure of learning. We use Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data on women’s self-reported schooling and a direct measure of literacy to disentangle the e↵ects of schooling and literacy on both fertility and child survival… Expand

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