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How Education Empowers Women in Developing Countries

Kien Le and My Nguyen

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 2021, vol. 21, issue 2, 511-536

Abstract: This paper evaluates the impacts of education on women’s relational empowerment, within a context of 70 developing countries across the world. Exploiting the variation in educational attainment between biological sisters, we find that education is positively associated with women’s intra-household decision making authority in both financial and non-financial domains. Moreover, education reduces relational friction, especially women’s exposure to psychological abuse. Our mechanism analyses provide suggestive evidence that these improvements could be attributed to increased access to information, assortative matching, and better labor market outcome.

Keywords: education; women’s empowerment; developing countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I24 J16 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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