Title

Does Maternal Education Decrease Female Genital Cutting?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1257/pandp.20191098

Abstract

Female genital cutting (FGC) affects more than 200 million women globally. Education is often depicted as an effective instrument for abandoning the practice, but causal evidence is scant. This paper uses the introduction of the Universal Primary Education program in Nigeria as a natural experiment to identify the causal effect of mothers’ education on the probability that their daughters are cut. Household survey data indicate no statistically significant impact of the reform on the probability that daughters undergo FGC, which may be explained by an insignificant effect of the reform on maternal support for the practice.

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Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

AEA Papers and Proceedings, v. 109, p. 100-104

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