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Journal Articles Economic Development and Cultural Change Year : 2023

Education, Civic Engagement and Political Participation: Evidence From School Construction in Malian Villages

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Has secular education contributed to the decline of polygamy in Africa? To answer this question, we study a wave of public school construction in late-colonial Cameroon. Our difference-indifferences and event-study specifications show that school openings have simultaneously increased education and the chances to be in a polygamous union for men and, more surprisingly, for women. We estimate a structural model of marriage to explain why education made women more likely to be in a polygamous union. The main estimated channel is marriage to educated men who are more often polygamists than uneducated men, not direct preferences for polygamy.
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hal-04024203 , version 1 (10-03-2023)

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Paul Maarek, Pierre André. Education, Civic Engagement and Political Participation: Evidence From School Construction in Malian Villages. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2023, 162, ⟨10.1086/719622⟩. ⟨hal-04024203⟩
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