Female Leadership Raises Aspirations and Educational Attainment for Girls

Exploiting a randomized natural experiment in India, we show that female leadership influences adolescent girls’ career aspirations and educational attainment. A 1993 law reserved leadership positions for women in randomly selected village councils. Using 8,453 surveys of adolescents aged 11-15 and their parents in 495 villages, we find that, compared to villages that were never reserved, the gender gap in aspirations closed by 25% in parents and 32% in adolescents in villages assigned to a female leader for two election cycles.

More information: http://scholar.harvard.edu/rpande/publications/female-leadership-raises-aspirations-and-educational-attainment-girls-policy


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