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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.
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).