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Estimating the Causal Effects of War on Education in Côte D’Ivoire

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  • Andrew L. Dabaleno

    (The World Bank)

  • Saumik Paul

    (Osaka University)

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In this paper we estimate the causal effects of civil war on years of education in the context of a school-going age cohort who are exposed to armed conflict in Cote d’Ivoire. Using year and department of birth to identify an individual’s exposure to war, the difference-in-difference outcomes indicate that the average years of education for a school-going age cohort is .94 years fewer compared to an older cohort in war-affected regions. To minimize the potential bias in the estimated outcome, we further use a set of victimization indicators to identify the true effect of war. The propensity score matching estimates do not alter the main findings. In addition, the outcomes of double-robust models minimize the specification errors in the model. Moreover, we find the outcomes are robust across alternative matching methods, estimation by using subsamples and other education outcome variables. Overall, the findings across different models suggest a drop in average years of education by a range of .2 to .9 fewer years.

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  • Andrew L. Dabaleno & Saumik Paul, 2012. "Estimating the Causal Effects of War on Education in Côte D’Ivoire," HiCN Working Papers 120, Households in Conflict Network.
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    1. Tilman Brück & Patricia Justino & Philip Verwimp & Andrew Tedesco & Alexandra Avdeenko, 2013. "Measuring Conflict Exposure in Micro-Level Surveys," HiCN Working Papers 153, Households in Conflict Network.

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    war; human capital; education; propensity score matching; evaluation; Africa;

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