Education as Liberation?

Willa Friedman, Michael Kremer, Edward Miguel, Rebecca Thornton

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This paper studies the political and social impacts of increased education by utilizing a randomized girls' merit scholarship programme in Kenya that raised test scores and secondary schooling. Consistent with the view that education empowers the disadvantaged to challenge authority, we find that the programme reduced the acceptance of domestic violence and political authority. Young women in programme schools also increased their objective political knowledge. We find that this rejection of the status quo did not translate into greater perceived political efficacy, community participation or voting intentions. Instead, there is suggestive evidence that the perceived legitimacy of political violence increased. Economica

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
Issue number329
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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