Report Cards: The Impact of Providing School and Child Test Scores on Educational Markets

CID Working Paper No. 287

Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja
June 2014


We study the impact of providing school and child test scores on subsequent test scores, prices, and enrollment in markets with multiple public and private providers. A randomly selected half of our sample villages (markets) received report cards. This increased test scores by 0.11 standard deviations, decreased private school fees by 17 percent and increased primary enrollment by 4.5 percent. Heterogeneity in the treatment impact by initial school quality is consistent with canonical models of asymmetric information. Information provision facilitates better comparisons across providers, improves market efficiency and raises child welfare through higher test scores, higher enrollment and lower fees.

JEL codes:O12, I25, L15, L22, D22, D82
Keywords: Educational Markets, Information Provision, Private Schools, Market-level Experiments

Affiliated Research Program: Evidence for Policy Design