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Minahil Asim

University of California, Davis
School of Education
1 Shield Ave
Davis, CA 95616

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

October 2016Mobile Phones, Civic Engagement, and School Performance in Pakistan
with Thomas Dee: w22764
The effective governance of local public services depends critically on the civic engagement of local citizens. However, recent efforts to promote effective citizen oversight of the public-sector services in developing countries have had mixed results. This study discusses and evaluates a uniquely designed, low-cost, scalable program designed to improve the governance and performance of primary and middle schools in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The School Council Mobilization Program (SCMP) used mobile-phone calls to provide sustained and targeted guidance to local school-council members on their responsibilities and authority. We examine the effects of the SCMP on school enrollment, student and teacher attendance, and school facilities using a “difference in difference in differences”...

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