Kenneth Houngbedji is a Researcher (IRD, LEDa-DIAL)
Rainy days and learning outcomes: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
with Yasmine Bekkouche (ULB)and Oswald Koussihouèdé (UNESCO IIEP)
We combined information on daily rainfall at school locations and standardized test scores to study how learning outcomes at primary schools are affected by precipitation during school days in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our results suggest that student test scores are lower in schools that are exposed to more rainy days during the academic year. Students in locations that had more rainy school days are also more likely to experience grade repetition. We assess and find evidence for two mechanisms for these findings: teacher absenteeism due to rainy school days and lower coverage of school curricula.
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