Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

1999

Journal or Book Title

World Bank Economic Review

Volume

13

Issue

3

First Page or Article ID Number

443

Last Page

465

DOI

10.1093/wber/13.3.443

Abstract

This study evaluates a program designed to stimulate girls' schooling through the creation of private girls' schools in poor urban neighborhoods of Quetta, Pakistan. Enrollment growth in these randomly selected neighborhoods is compared to enrollment growth in otherwise similar neighborhoods that were randomly assigned to a control group. The analysis indicates that the program increased girls' enrollment around 33 percentage points. Boys' enrollment rose as well, partly because boys were allowed to attend the new schools and partly because parents would not send their girls to school without also educating their boys. This outcome suggests that programs targeted at girls can also induce parents to invest more in their boys. The success of the program varied across neighborhoods, although success was not clearly related to the relative wealth of a neighborhood or to parents' level of education. Thus the program offers tremendous promise for increasing enrollment rates in other poor urban areas.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from World Bank Economic Review 13 (1999): 443, doi: 10.1093/wber/13.3.443. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / THE WORLD BANK

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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