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DEC Lecture Series: The Impact of Free Secondary Education: Experimental Evidence from Ghana
MC 2-800, World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC
The Impact of Free Secondary Education: Experimental Evidence from Ghana
Primary school enrollment has risen in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past two decades, but secondary school enrollment rates remain relatively low. This paper evaluates the effect of secondary school scholarships on educational attainment and cognitive skills in the short run, and on life outcomes in the medium run (after 9 years). Results show that cost is an important barrier to secondary school enrollment among middle school graduates. Full scholarships increase young people’s educational attainment, knowledge, skills, and preventative health behaviors. For women, secondary schooling also delayed marriage and pregnancy. Labor market impacts are highly heterogeneous across groups and over time.
2018 DEC Lectures
VIEW THE REPLAY: Tuesday, February 6: Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University
Tuesday, March 13: Pinelopi Goldberg, Yale University
Tuesday, April 24: Rohini Pande, Harvard University
Monday, May 21: Oriana Bandiera, LSE
Monday, June 18: Rema Hanna, Harvard University
Monday, July 16: Dina Pomeranz, University of Zurich
Tuesday, September 11: Gita Gopinath, Harvard University