Friendship and Female Education: Evidence From a Field Experiment in Bangladeshi Primary Schools

Economic Journal, Forthcoming

43 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2018 Last revised: 28 Sep 2019

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Youjin Hahn

Yonsei University

Asad Islam

Monash University - Department of Economics

Eleonora Patacchini

Cornell University

Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics; Stockholm University; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: October 5, 2018

Abstract

We randomly assigned 115 primary schools in Bangladesh to one of two settings: children studying in groups with friends and children studying in groups with peers. The groups consisted of four people with similar average cognitive abilities and household characteristics. While the achievement of male students was not affected by the group assignment, low-ability females with friends outperformed low-ability females working with peers by roughly 0.4 standard deviations of the test score distribution. This is not due to the fact that friends tend to be of the same gender or to a higher frequency of interactions among friends.

Keywords: Social Interactions, Education, Gender, Learning, Friendship

JEL Classification: I25, J16, O12

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Youjin and Islam, Asadul and Patacchini, Eleonora and Zenou, Yves, Friendship and Female Education: Evidence From a Field Experiment in Bangladeshi Primary Schools (October 5, 2018). Economic Journal, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3260922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3260922

Youjin Hahn

Yonsei University ( email )

Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Asadul Islam

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Australia
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Eleonora Patacchini

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Yves Zenou (Contact Author)

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

Australia

Stockholm University ( email )

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Sweden

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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