Improving Reading Skills By Encouraging Children To Read: A Randomized Evaluation Of The Sa Aklat Sisikat Reading Program In The Philippines

The authors evaluate a program that aims to improve children's reading skills by providing classes with age-appropriate reading material and incentivizing children to read through a 31 day read-a-thon. During the read-a-thon, the program significantly increases the propensity of children to read, causing 20 percent more children to have read a book in the last week at school and increasing the number of books read by 2.3 in the last week and 7.2 in the last month. These increases extend both after the end of the program and outside of school, although at lower rates.

Provided by: National Bureau of Economic Research Topic: Software Date Added: Jun 2011 Format: PDF

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