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IPA with Harvard University, Stanford Univerity, and MIT, will provide evidence on how free secondary school education might improve early childhood development in the next generation.

Investing in secondary education today would improve outcomes for future generations. With support from Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is conducting a randomized controlled trial to compare the early childhood development outcomes of children in Ghana whose parents were randomly selected in 2008 to receive secondary school scholarships versus th...
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Investing in secondary education today would improve outcomes for future generations. With support from Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is conducting a randomized controlled trial to compare the early childhood development outcomes of children in Ghana whose parents were randomly selected in 2008 to receive secondary school scholarships versus the outcomes of the children of parents in the control group. Led by psychologist Elizabeth Spelke of Harvard University, Pascaline Dupas of Stanford University, and Esther Duflo of MIT (a recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics), this research presents a unique opportunity to combine current measures of child development with over ten years of data from earlier trials. This award will generate evidence to inform policymakers about the intergenerational returns to universal access to secondary education, and potentially benefit 6 million secondary school students in the first five years.

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Stage 2: Research & Development

Focus Areas:

Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education and Secondary Education

Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education and Secondary EducationSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Ghana

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Problem

Primary school enrollment has risen in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past two decades, but secondary school enrollment rates remain relatively low. In this ongoing study in Ghana, researchers are evaluating the effect of secondary school scholarships on educational attainment and cognitive skills in the short run, and on life outcomes in the longer run, from employment and health outcomes to civic participation and attitudes. Results thus far showed that cost was a key barrier to secondary school enrollment among middle school graduates, and full scholarships increased young people’s educational attainment, knowledge, skills, and preventative health behaviors. For women, secondary schooling also delayed marriage and pregnancy. Scholarship winners who enrolled in academic tracks were more likely to enroll in tertiary education, and winners who enrolled in vocational tracks had higher earnings than non-winners. Researchers will continue to track participants to 2020 and beyond.

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Solution

IPA will conduct an RCT that will provide evidence on how free secondary school education might improve early childhood development in the next generation.This study has the potential to prove that investing in secondary education improves outcomes for future generations. With support from Development Innovation Ventures (DIV),IPA is conducting a randomized controlled trial to compare the early childhood development outcomes of children in Ghana whose parents were randomly selected in 2008 to receive secondary school scholarships versus the outcomes of the children of parents in the control group.

Milestone

May 2020
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$973,460
TITLEParental Education and Childhood Development: Experimental Evidence from Ghana
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Secondary Education
Implemented InGhana
May 2020
New Country Implemented In
Ghana