We evaluate a 'girl-friendly' primary school program in Burkina
Faso using a regression discontinuity design. After 2.5 years, the program
increased enrollment by 19 percentage points and increased
test scores by 0.41 standard deviations. For those caused to attend
school, scores increased by 2.2 standard deviations. Girls' enrollment
increased by 5 percentage points more than boys' enrollment,
but they experienced the same increase in test scores as boys. The
unique characteristics of the schools are responsible for increasing
enrollment by 13 percentage points and test scores by 0.35 standard
deviations. They account for the entire difference in the treatment
effects by gender.
Kazianga, Harounan, Dan Levy, Leigh L. Linden, and Matt Sloan.
"The Effects of "Girl-Friendly" Schools: Evidence from the BRIGHT School Construction Program in Burkina Faso."
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
Analysis of Education
Education: Government Policy
Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration