Measuring the effect of a community-level program on women's empowerment outcomes: evidence from India

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Author: Kandpal, Eeshani; Baylis, Kathy; Arends-Kuenning, Mary


This paper uses primary data from rural north India to show that participation in a community-level female empowerment program significantly increases access to employment, physical mobility, and political participation. The program provides support groups, literacy camps, adult education classes, and vocational training for rural women in several states of India; the data are from Uttarakhand. The paper uses instrumental variables and truncation-corrected matching on primary data to disentangle the program's mechanisms, separately considering its effect on women who work, and those who...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Gender; Adult and community education; Skills and knowledge; Employment; Participation; Outcomes; Research; Statistics

Keywords: Skill development; Outcomes of education and training; Employees

Geographic subjects: Asia; India

Published: [Washington, District of Columbia]: World Bank, 2013

Physical description: 41 p.

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ISSN: 1813-9450

Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 113.538

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