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Long-term and Intergenerational Effects of Education: Evidence from School Construction in Indonesia

Richard Akresh (), Daniel Halim and Marieke Kleemans

No 25265, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: In 1973, the Indonesian government began one of the largest school construction programs ever. We use 2016 nationally representative data to examine the long-term and intergenerational effects of additional schooling as a child. We use a difference-in-differences identification strategy exploiting variation across birth cohorts and regions in the number of schools built. Men and women exposed to the program attain more education, although women’s effects are concentrated in primary school. As adults, men exposed to the program are more likely to be formal workers, work outside agriculture, and migrate. Households with parents exposed to the program have improved living standards and pay more government taxes. Education benefits are transmitted to the next generation. Increased parental education has larger impacts for daughters, particularly if mothers are exposed to school construction. Intergenerational results are driven by changes in the marriage partner’s characteristics, with spouses having more education and improved labor market outcomes.

JEL-codes: I2 J13 J62 O15 O22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-11
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