The interaction between poverty and gender in human capital accumulation: The case of the primary leaving examination in côte d'lvoire

Simon Appleton

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Abstract

Girls completing primary schooling in Côte d'lvoire are less likely to go to secondary schools because of inferior performance in the examination used to ration access. The gender gap in educational achievement varies with household economic status, with poverty inhibiting girls' performance more than boys'. Female students from poorer households spend less time in school than their male counterparts and allocate more time to housework. Reduced time in school has a negative effect on examination performance and hence time allocation explains much of the gender gap in educational achievement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-224
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of African Economies
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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