Electrification and Educational Outcomes in Rural Peru

37 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2015

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Rosamaría Dasso

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Fernando Fernandez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Hugo Ñopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We study the effects of electrification on educational outcomes in Peru by taking advantage of a program that rapidly increased electricity coverage in rural areas. Using household survey panel data from 2007-2010, we document that: i) girls living in treated districts are more likely to be enrolled in school, and this effect is larger among younger girls; ii) this positive effect on female enrollment does not translate into higher attendance rates; iii) households in treated areas spend more money on younger girls' education. In addition, we use school-level panel data from 2007-2012 on Math and Reading test scores to show that treatment is associated with a reduction in learning. But, among treated schools, longer treatment exposure increases scores in Reading for boys and girls; and improves performance in Math, only among boys. Finally, our estimates are robust to controlling for other confounding interventions.

Keywords: education, rural electrification, Peru

JEL Classification: I25, O13, O15

Suggested Citation

Dasso, Rosamaría and Fernandez, Fernando and Nopo, Hugo, Electrification and Educational Outcomes in Rural Peru. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8928. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2586431

Rosamaría Dasso (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20005
United States

Fernando Fernandez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

Hugo Nopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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