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Lunchtime Seminar with Nishith Prakash: Wheels of Change, Transforming Girl’s Lives with Bicycles

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

Tuesday, February 18th 12:30-2:00 p.m. Room 162 Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Storrs Campus

**Lunch will be provided

Please join us for a lunchtime seminar with Nishith Prakash entitled: "Wheels of Change: Transforming Girls Lives With Bicycles"

We study the impact of a program that provides a bicycle to a school-going girl who lives more than 3km from school. We randomized whether a girl receives a bicycle with a small cost to her family to cover replacement parts, a bicycle where these costs are covered by the program and so is zero cost to the family, or a control group. We find that the bicycle reduced average commuting time to school by 35%, decreased absenteeism by 27%, improved math test scores and led to girls expressing higher feelings of control over their lives. We also find evidence that girls who received bicycles with the small cost to her family had higher levels of aspirations, self-image and a desire to delay marriage and pregnancy, possibly due to the girls perceiving the payment from the family as a desire to increase future investment in her. We do not find any impacts on school dropout and grade transition. Heterogeneity analysis by distance to school shows an inverted u-shape for most of the schooling and empowerment results, suggesting that impacts are greatest for girls that live far, but not too far, from school. This also suggests that empowerment outcomes worked through schooling effects.

Contact:

Imge Akaslan, imge.akaslan@uconn.edu

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