Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161493
Authors: 
Sayeed, Yeasmin
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/110
Abstract: 
There are many studies on the effects of conditional cash transfer programmes on enrolment, productivity and poverty reduction but very few on causal effects on ages at marriage and first birth. And none of them considers the convergence effect. This paper provides new evidence on effects of the Female Secondary Stipend Programme in Bangladesh as an exogenous variation in time and region on schooling, ages at marriage and first birth outcomes with regression discontinuity and difference-in-difference approaches. The regression discontinuity results show that the programme increased completed years of schooling by at least 0.4 years, and delayed age at first marriage and age at first birth by at least 0.4 and 0.3 years respectively. We also show that the difference-in-difference method predicts biased results.
Subjects: 
secondary stipend
rural girls
schooling
age at marriage
age at first birth
regression discontinuity
difference-in-difference
JEL: 
D04
I21
I25
J12
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-154-3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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