Beyond the Classroom? Secondary School Expansion and Women’s Marital Outcomes in Senegal

Date : Jeudi | 2024-04-25 à 12h30
Lieu : Salle des thèses

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Daniel PEREZ PARRA (ERUDITE, Université Gustave Eiffel)

The importance of women's education for the pursuit of gender equality in many facets of society is well-documented. I investigate the implications of a large-scale increase in secondary school capacity for women's education outcomes and marriage. Using the ambitious expansion of new classrooms in Senegal to test its impact on education and women's marital experiences, I find substantial gains in female education and learning indicators. However, I do not detect any significant shifts in child marriage, polygyny, or intimate partner violence overall. This analysis indicates the complexity of schooling policies in combating broader trends and suggests a broader strategy to affect multiple facets of social change.