Participation, Learning, and Equity in Education: Can We Have it All?

48 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2017

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Clara Delavallade

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Alan Griffith

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics, Students

Gaurav Shukla

Educate Girls

Rebecca L. Thornton

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

Date Written: March 30, 2017

Abstract

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have set a triple educational objective: improving access to, quality of, and gender equity in education. This study is the first to document the effectiveness of policies targeting all these objectives simultaneously. We examine the impact of a multifaceted educational program — delivered to 230 randomly selected primary schools in rural India — on students’ participation and performance. We also study the heterogeneity of this impact across gender and initial school performance, and its sustainability over two years. Although the program specifically targeted out-of-school girls for enrollment, the learning component of the program targeted boys and girls equally. We find that the program reduced gender gaps in school retention and improved learning during the first year of implementation. However, targeting different educational goals (access, quality, and equity) did not yield sustained effects on school attendance or learning, nor did it bridge gender inequalities in school performance over the two-year period.

Keywords: INDIA, SOUTH ASIA, ASIA, education, gender, policies, rural communities, impact assessment, girls education, development economics, primary school enrollment, retention, student academic performance, sustainable development goals

Suggested Citation

Delavallade, Clara and Griffith, Alan and Shukla, Gaurav and Thornton, Rebecca L., Participation, Learning, and Equity in Education: Can We Have it All? (March 30, 2017). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1627, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2946174

Clara Delavallade (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Alan Griffith

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics, Students ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

Gaurav Shukla

Educate Girls ( email )

Rajasthan
India

Rebecca L. Thornton

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Economics, Students ( email )

Champaign, IL
United States

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