Pascaline Dupas

AMSE lecture (Globalization)

Pascaline Dupas

Stanford University
The private and social returns to free secondary education
Joint with
Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer

IBD Amphi

Îlot Bernard du Bois - Amphithéâtre

5-9 boulevard Maurice Bourdet
13001 Marseille

Monday, October 21 2019| 2:30pm to 4:15pm

Following the widespread adoption of free primary education, African policymakers are now considering making secondary school free. We exploit randomized assignment to secondary school scholarships among 2,064 youths in Ghana, combined with 11 years of follow-up data, to establish that scholarships increase educational attainment (at the secondary and the tertiary levels), knowledge, skills, and preventative health behaviors, while reducing fertility, especially for women. Ten years after receipt of the scholarship, winners show private labor market gains, primarily in the form of better access to jobs with rents. We develop a simple model to interpret the labor market results and think through the welfare impact of free secondary education, and the extent to which it depends on the presence of credit constraints, biased beliefs, imperfect altruism and the characteristics of public sector employment.

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