What if $10 could buy you a 50 percent increase in how much a child learned in a school year?
On Marketplace today, Stephen J. Dubner reports on how two economists, Paul Glewwe (rhymes with ‘heavy’) and Albert Park, improved test scores by giving away $10 eyeglasses to schoolchildren with poor eyesight in China’s rural Gansu Province.
What could be simpler, right? Well, not exactly – 30 percent of families offered the glasses turned them down. Meanwhile, an estimated 4 million Americans wear non-prescription ‘vanity’ glasses every day just to look better. Stephen talks with Harvey Moscot, the president of MOSCOT – a New York City eyewear institution – about what might make people in Gansu more excited about wearing glasses.