Many developing countries suffer from poorly performing educational systems that fail to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate productively in the modern economy. How can educational outcomes be improved? To address this question, Esther Duflo will draw on path-breaking recent research on school learning techniques that bridges economics with disciplines such as psychology and cognitive science. This research is based on a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) in rural India, a method pioneered by Duflo that has become the gold standard in economics for distinguishing truly causal effects of policy interventions from correlations. Panellists Sir Richard Peto, one of the world’s most influential health statisticians and an expert on large RCTs, and Rachel Glennester, chief economist of DFID, will analyse and comment on the research drawing on their own knowledge and experience of a variety of related policy interventions.
This Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor Distinguished Panel Event will be followed by a Q&A and drinks reception.