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DEC Lecture Series: The Impact of Free Secondary Education: Experimental Evidence from Ghana

February 06, 2018 | 12:30 to 14:00 ET, 17:30 to 19:00 GMT
MC 2-800, World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

Featured Speaker
(Feb 6, 2018)

Pascaline Dupas

Stanford University


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: Wednesday, January 31: Tavneet Suri, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

Speakers

Tavneet Suri

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

Yale University

Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

London School of Economics

Harvard University

University of Zurich

Harvard University