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Developing countries have made tremendous progress in narrowing the gender gap in school attainment, but this hasn’t translated to more equal life outcomes for girls. CGD’s research focuses on how education systems, as one tool for empowerment, can do more to increase gender equality outside of school.
To contribute to a more constructive dialogue among donors and policymakers about what the evidence tells us on the relationship between girls’ education and life outcomes for women, CGD wishes to commission a series of background notes of approximately 3,000 words that address one of the four core areas outlined below.
School closures in response to COVID-19 are putting girls in developing countries at a substantial risk of gender-based violence, early pregnancy, and dropping out once schools reopen, according to a new survey from CGD.
We model household investments in young children when parents and older siblings share caregiving responsibilities and when investments by older siblings contribute to young children’s human capital accumulation. Having an older sister rather than an older brother improves younger siblings’ vocabulary and fine motor skills by more than 0.1 standard deviations.
While I think it's silly to argue we spend too much on girls' education, perhaps it's reasonable to ask whether a concern with gender equality and a cold hard look at recent data would lead anyone to put their marginal dollar into girls' schooling over, say, campaigning for gender quotas (which seem to work well in Indian politics, at least) or even subsidized childcare (which has boosted female labor force participation in Latin America).