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Income Shocks and Gender Gaps in Education: Evidence from Uganda
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2006 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper uses exogenous variation in rainfall across districts in Uganda to estimate the causal effects of household income shocks on children's enrollment and cognitive skills conditional on gender. I find negative income shocks to have large negative and highly significant effects on female enrollment in primary schools and the effect grows stronger for older girls. The effect on boys' enrollment is smaller and only marginally significant. Moreover, I find that a negative income shock has an adverse effect on test scores in general and test scores of female students in particular. The results imply that households respond to income shocks by varying the quantity and quality of girls' education while boys are to a large extent sheltered -- a finding consistent with a model where parents' values of child labor differ across sexes.

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Stockholm: Institutet för internationell ekonomi , 2006.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. (Online), ISSN 1653-610X ; 744
Keyword [en]
Rainfall, education, test scores, gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-940OAI: diva2:200681
Available from: 2006-03-28 Created: 2006-03-28Bibliographically approved

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