Community Information Campaigns Improve Girls' Education: Evidence from an RCT in Zimbabwe

28 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2020

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Christopher Cotton

Queen's University, Department of Economics

Jordan Nanowski

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ardyn Nordstrom

Queen's University - Department of Economics

Eric Richert

Queen's University - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 2, 2020

Abstract

We examine the impact of a randomized Girls' Education Challenge project implemented in rural Zimbabwe. The multifaceted project initially provided information about girls' rights and education barriers to girls, caregivers, teachers, and other community members. Later, the project introduced a learn-to-read program and provided resources such as bicycles and books. The information campaign significantly improved mathematics performance and school enrolment in a short time frame. The subsequent provision of resources and curriculum changes corresponded to improvements in literacy but did not correspond to any additional improvements in mathematics and enrolment beyond what was observed following the information provision alone.

Keywords: Girls' Education Challenge, education, empowerment, information provision, economic development, field experiment, gender gap, EGRA, EGMA

JEL Classification: C93, I25, O15

Suggested Citation

Cotton, Christopher and Nanowski, Jordan and Nordstrom, Ardyn and Richert, Eric, Community Information Campaigns Improve Girls' Education: Evidence from an RCT in Zimbabwe (March 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3547786 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3547786

Christopher Cotton (Contact Author)

Queen's University, Department of Economics ( email )

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Jordan Nanowski

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ardyn Nordstrom

Queen's University - Department of Economics ( email )

99 University Avenue
Kingston K7L 3N6, Ontario
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://ardyn.ca

Eric Richert

Queen's University - Department of Economics ( email )

99 University Avenue
Kingston K7L 3N6, Ontario
Canada

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