A Reversal of Educational Fortune? Educational Gender Gaps in Bangladesh
32 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2007
Date Written: August 2007
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
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