How Women and Illiterates Shaped Education Outcomes in 20th Century Latin America

31 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2011

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Cassandra M. Sweet

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dalibor S. Eterovic

Universidad Adolfo Ibañez

Date Written: January 30, 2011

Abstract

Is there a direct relationship between the characteristics of the electoral franchise and outcomes in education? This paper examines how voting institutions affect school enrollment in 20th century Latin America. We find that higher levels of political competition and electoral participation engender a positive effect on total education enrollment, albeit with quiet varied results for different levels of enrollment. But not all participation is created equal. While women's suffrage increases tertiary and secondary enrollment, the enfranchisement of illiterate populations increases primary enrollment.

Keywords: Political participation, political competition, voting institutions, women’s suffrage, literacy restrictions, education

JEL Classification: D7, H11

Suggested Citation

Sweet, Cassandra M. and Eterovic, Dalibor S., How Women and Illiterates Shaped Education Outcomes in 20th Century Latin America (January 30, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1797766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1797766

Cassandra M. Sweet (Contact Author)

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Dalibor S. Eterovic

Universidad Adolfo Ibañez ( email )

Santiago
Chile

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