Friendship and Female Education: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Bangladeshi Primary Schools

Reprint No. 2020:40

Author(s): Youjin Hahn, Asadul Islam, Eleonora Patacchini and Yves ZenouYear: 2020 Title: Economic Journal Volume (No.): 130 (627) Pages: 740–764
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We randomly assigned 115 primary schools in Bangladesh to one of two settings: children studying in groups with friends and children studying in groups with peers. The groups consisted of four people with similar average cognitive abilities and household characteristics. While the achievement of male students was not affected by the group assignment, low-ability females with friends outperformed low-ability females working with peers by roughly 0.4 standard deviations of the test score distribution. This is not due to the fact that friends tend to be of the same gender or to a higher frequency of interactions among friends.

Hahn, Youjin, Asadul Islam, Eleonora Patacchini and Yves Zenou (2020), "Friendship and Female Education: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Bangladeshi Primary Schools". Economic Journal 130(627), 740–764.

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