Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223844
Authors: 
Elsayed, Ahmed
Marie, Olivier
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13402
Abstract: 
Exploiting a unique policy reform in Egypt that reduced the number of years of compulsory schooling, we show how it unexpectedly increased education attainment as more students chose to complete the next school stage. This impact is almost entirely driven by girls from more disadvantaged households. Treated women later experienced important positive improvements in labor market opportunity and marriage quality, as measured by bride price received and household bargaining power. We attribute the increased investment in daughters' human capital to changes in the behavior of credit-constrained families facing reduced school costs combined with strongly non-linear returns to female education.
Subjects: 
school costs
education investment
gender bias
female labor market
marriage
bride price
Egypt
JEL: 
I21
I25
J24
O55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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