The next RITM Economics Seminar will take place on Monday 7 December, Online, from 11:00 to 12:00. Rozenn Hotte (THEMA-Université de Cergy-Pontoise) will present “Effects of Primary Education on Women’s Marital Outcomes: Evidence from Benin” with Sarah Deschênes (PSE).
We examine the effect of human capital acquired in primary school on women’s marital outcomes in Benin. We exploit a sharp increase in school constructions in the 1990s to assess the causal impact of an increase in primary school supply on primary school attendance, age at marriage and tolerance of intimate partner violence (IPV). Using the quasi-experimental geographical and historical variations in the number of schools built, we nd that the school building program increased the probability of attending primary school in rural areas, increased age at marriage and decreased the probability of women being tolerant of wife beating.