Gender-targeted conditional cash transfers : enrollment, spillover effects and instructional quality
AbstractThis paper considers the effects of a gender-targeted conditional cash transfer program for girls in classes 6 to 8. It finds that the program is successful in increasing the enrollment of girls in classes 6 to 8 as intended. It also finds evidence to suggest that the program generated positive spillover effects on the enrollment of boys. This success does, however, appear to be poised to come at a cost. The student-teacher ratio in treated districts is also climbing. This suggests that in the absence of active steps to address these increasing student-teacher ratios, instructional quality is likely to suffer. The success of the program appears to be driven by enrollment increases in urban schools. This suggests the need for a reassessment of the targeting criteria in rural schools.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5257.
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2010
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Primary Education; Tertiary Education; Education For All; Teaching and Learning; Education Reform and Management;
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