NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Empowering Women Through Education: Evidence from Sierra Leone

Naci H. Mocan, Colin Cannonier

NBER Working Paper No. 18016
Issued in April 2012
NBER Program(s):   CH   ED   HE

We use data from Sierra Leone where a substantial education program provided increased access to education for primary-school age children but did not benefit children who were older. We exploit the variation in access to the program generated by date of birth and the variation in resources between various districts of the country. We find that the program has increased educational attainment and that an increase in education has changed women’s preferences. An increase in schooling, triggered by the program, had an impact on women’s attitudes towards matters that impact women’s health and on attitudes regarding violence against women. An increase in education has also reduced the number of desired children by women and increased their propensity to use modern contraception and to be tested for AIDS. While education makes women more intolerant of practices that conflict with their well-being, increased education has no impact on men’s attitudes towards women’s well-being.

The NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health provides summaries of publications like this.  You can sign up to receive the NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health by email.

You may purchase this paper on-line in .pdf format from SSRN.com ($5) for electronic delivery.

Information about Free Papers

You should expect a free download if you are a subscriber, a corporate associate of the NBER, a journalist, an employee of the U.S. federal government with a ".GOV" domain name, or a resident of nearly any developing country or transition economy.

If you usually get free papers at work/university but do not at home, you can either connect to your work VPN or proxy (if any) or elect to have a link to the paper emailed to your work email address below. The email address must be connected to a subscribing college, university, or other subscribing institution. Gmail and other free email addresses will not have access.

E-mail:

Acknowledgments

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w18016

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Duflo w17702 Women’s Empowerment and Economic Development
Glewwe, Hanushek, Humpage, and Ravina w17554 School Resources and Educational Outcomes in Developing Countries: A Review of the Literature from 1990 to 2010
McCrary and Royer w12329 The Effect of Female Education on Fertility and Infant Health: Evidence from School Entry Policies Using Exact Date of Birth
Costinot and Donaldson w17969 Ricardo's Theory of Comparative Advantage: Old Idea, New Evidence
Lee and Lemieux w14723 Regression Discontinuity Designs in Economics
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us