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The Untapped Math Skills of Working Children in India : Evidence , Possible Explanations , and Implications †

  title={The Untapped Math Skills of Working Children in India : Evidence , Possible Explanations , and Implications †},
  author={Abhijit Banerjee and Swati Bhattacharjee and Raghabendra Chattopadhyay and Alejandro Jorge Ganimian},
It has been widely documented that many children in India lack basic arithmetic skills, as measured by their capacity to solve subtraction and division problems. We surveyed children working in informal markets in Kolkata, West Bengal, and confirmed that most were unable to solve arithmetic problems as typically presented in school. However, we also found that they were able to perform similar operations when framed as market transactions. This discrepancy was not explained by children’s… 

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