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Women’s empowerment in action: evidence from a randomized control trial in Africa

Bandiera, Oriana, Buehren, Niklas, Burgess, Robin, Goldstein, Markus, Gulesci, Selim, Rasul, Imran and Sulaiman, Munshi (2020) Women’s empowerment in action: evidence from a randomized control trial in Africa. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 12 (1). 210 - 259. ISSN 1945-7782

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Identification Number: 10.1257/app.20170416


We evaluate a multifaceted policy intervention attempting to jump-start adolescent women's empowerment in Uganda by simultaneously providing them vocational training and information on sex, reproduction, and marriage. We find that four years postintervention, adolescent girls in treated communities are more likely to be self-employed. Teen pregnancy, early entry into marriage/cohabitation, and the share of girls reporting sex against their will fall sharply. The results highlight the potential of a multifaceted program that provides skills transfers as a viable and cost-effective policy intervention to improve the economic and social empowerment of adolescent girls over a four-year horizon.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2020 American Economic Association
Divisions: Economics
International Growth Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2019 16:09
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 18:57

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