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Friendship and female education: evidence from a field experiment in Bangladeshi primary schools

Friendship and female education: evidence from a field experiment in Bangladeshi primary schools
Friendship and female education: evidence from a field experiment in Bangladeshi primary schools
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 in groups with friends outperformed low-ability females working with peers by roughly 0.4 standard deviations of the test score distribution. This is shown not to be due to the fact that friends tend to be of the same gender or to a higher frequency of interactions among friends.
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Hahn, Youjin
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Islam, Asadul
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Patacchini, Eleonora
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Zenou, Yves
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Hahn, Youjin
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Islam, Asadul
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Patacchini, Eleonora
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Zenou, Yves
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Hahn, Youjin, Islam, Asadul, Patacchini, Eleonora and Zenou, Yves (2019) Friendship and female education: evidence from a field experiment in Bangladeshi primary schools. The Economic Journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

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 in groups with friends outperformed low-ability females working with peers by roughly 0.4 standard deviations of the test score distribution. This is shown not to be due to the fact that friends tend to be of the same gender or to a higher frequency of interactions among friends.

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 April 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 430678
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430678
ISSN: 0013-0133
PURE UUID: 8ed8cb20-885c-4bd8-b4a2-66b2012c9ed5
ORCID for Yves Zenou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6516-0812

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Date deposited: 08 May 2019 16:30
Last modified: 25 May 2019 00:31

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Author: Youjin Hahn
Author: Asadul Islam
Author: Eleonora Patacchini
Author: Yves Zenou ORCID iD

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