DP13413 Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India
|Author(s):||Diva Dhar, Tarun Jain, Seema Jayachandran|
|Publication Date:||December 2018|
|Keyword(s):||Gender equality, Persuasion, preference formation, Social norms|
|JEL(s):||J12, J13, J16, O12|
|Programme Areas:||Development Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=13413|
Societal norms about gender roles contribute to the economic disadvantages facing women in many developing countries. This paper evaluates an intervention aimed at eroding support for restrictive gender norms, specifically a multi-year school-based intervention in Haryana, India, that engaged adolescents in classroom discussions about gender equality. Using a randomized controlled trial, we find that the intervention increased adolescents' support for gender equality by 0.25 standard deviations, a sizable effect compared to other correlates of their gender attitudes such as their parents' views. Program participants also report more gender-equitable behavior; for example, boys report helping out more with household chores.