Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35256
Authors: 
Akresh, Richard
de Walque, Damien
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3516
Abstract: 
To examine the impact of Rwanda´s 1994 genocide on children´s schooling, the authors combine two cross-sectional household surveys collected before and after the genocide. The identification strategy uses pre-war data to control for an age group´s baseline schooling and exploits variation across provinces in the intensity of killings and which children´s cohorts were school-aged when exposed to the war. The findings show a strong negative impact of the genocide on schooling, with exposed children completing one-half year less education representing an 18.3 percent decline. The effect is robust to including control variables, alternative sources for genocide intensity, and an instrumental variables strategy.
Subjects: 
Civil war
human capital investment
education
genocide
Africa
JEL: 
I20
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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