Education as Liberation?

30 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2016

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Willa Friedman

University of Houston - Department of Economics

Michael Kremer

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Brookings Institution; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Center for Global Development; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Rebecca L. Thornton

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Economics, Students

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Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

This paper studies the political and social impacts of increased education by utilizing a randomized girls' merit scholarship programme in Kenya that raised test scores and secondary schooling. Consistent with the view that education empowers the disadvantaged to challenge authority, we find that the programme reduced the acceptance of domestic violence and political authority. Young women in programme schools also increased their objective political knowledge. We find that this rejection of the status quo did not translate into greater perceived political efficacy, community participation or voting intentions. Instead, there is suggestive evidence that the perceived legitimacy of political violence increased.

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Willa and Kremer, Michael R. and Miguel, Edward and Thornton, Rebecca L., Education as Liberation? (January 2016). Economica, Vol. 83, Issue 329, pp. 1-30, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716510 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12168

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