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Advancing the Agency of Adolescent Girls

Eric Edmonds, Benjamin Feigenberg and Jessica Leight

No 27513, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Can life skills be taught in early adolescence? Using a clustered randomized control trial, this study analyzes the impact of a school-based life skills intervention in grades six and seven within a sample of 2,459 girls in Rajasthan, India. Our evidence suggests that the intervention is successful in developing stronger life skills including increased agency, more equitable gender norms, and stronger socio-emotional support. Girls also drop out of school at a lower rate: we observe an approximately 25 percent decline in dropout that persists from seventh grade through the transition to high school.

JEL-codes: I25 J16 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-07
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Published as Eric Edmonds & Ben Feigenberg & Jessica Leight, 2023. "Advancing the Agency of Adolescent Girls," Review of Economics and Statistics, vol 105(4), pages 852-866.

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