A Reversal of Educational Fortune? Educational Gender Gaps in Bangladesh

32 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2007

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Date Written: August 2007

Abstract

Historically, educational gender gaps in Bangladesh persisted as households invested more in the education of boys than girls. Recent reports, however, claim that the educational gender gaps have reversed in favor of girls. Using nationally representative data and advanced empirical methods, this study finds that urban and rural boys (relative to urban and rural girls) have a 7.4 percent to 27.4 percent lower likelihood of being enrolled in school, 0.4 to 1.5 fewer years of educational attainment, and 9.7 percent to 30.8 percent lower likelihood of being literate. These findings draw attention to the causes of the reversal in the educational gender gap.

Keywords: Education, gender gap, Bangladesh

JEL Classification: I20, J16, J24, J70, O1, O53

Suggested Citation

Shafiq, M. Najeeb, A Reversal of Educational Fortune? Educational Gender Gaps in Bangladesh (August 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1014512 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1014512

M. Najeeb Shafiq (Contact Author)

University of Pittsburgh ( email )

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Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.pitt.edu/~mnshafiq

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