Working paper

Enhancing Human Capital at Scale

Francesco Agostinelli, Ciro Avitabile, and Matteo Bobba

Abstract

A two-year randomized evaluation shows that the effectiveness of multi-tasking mentors on schooling outcomes crucially depends on their training. While a standard training modality in highly marginalized communities in Mexico generates null results, enhanced training yields sizable treatment effects on primary school children's cognitive, behavioral, and educational achievements. This difference cannot be explained by remedial educational activities or pedagogical support, but it can be reconciled with higher parental aspirations and investments. Evidence gathered on the subsequent national roll out of the intervention with enhanced training substantiates the external validity of our findings.

JEL codes

  • H43: Project Evaluation • Social Discount Rate
  • I10: General
  • I20: General
  • I38: Government Policy • Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

Reference

Francesco Agostinelli, Ciro Avitabile, and Matteo Bobba, Enhancing Human Capital at Scale, TSE Working Paper, n. 21-1196, March 2021.

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TSE Working Paper, n. 21-1196, March 2021