Gender Bias in Education During Conflict: Evidence from Assam

37 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2016

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Sutanuka Roy

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics

Abstract

Using a large-scale novel panel dataset (2005–14) on schools from the Indian state of Assam, we test for the impact of violent conflict on female students' enrollment rates. We find that a doubling of average killings in a district-year leads to a 13 per cent drop in girls' enrollment rate with school fixed effects. Additionally, results remain similar when using an alternative definition of conflict from a different dataset. Gender differential responses are more negative for lower grades, rural schools, poorer districts, and for schools run by local and private unaided bodies.

Keywords: conflict, education, gender discrimination, human capital, India

JEL Classification: I2, J1, O1

Suggested Citation

Roy, Sutanuka and Singh, Prakarsh, Gender Bias in Education During Conflict: Evidence from Assam. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10092. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819373

Sutanuka Roy (Contact Author)

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Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics ( email )

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