DP14056 Impact of Syrian Refugees on Education Outcomes in Jordan

Author(s): Ragui Assaad, Thomas Ginn, Mohamed Saleh
Publication Date: October 2019
Keyword(s): education, Impact of Refugees, Jordan, Middle East
JEL(s): F22, I21, N35, O15
Programme Areas: Development Economics, Economic History
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Mass influxes of refugees have potentially large effects on host countries; while labor market impacts are frequently studied, outcomes like children's education could also be affected. This paper examines the impact of Syrian refugees on the educational attainment of Jordanians. Combining detailed household surveys with school-level records on the density of Syrians, we study both quantity and quality of education for the hosts using a differences-in-differences design across refugee prevalence and birth cohort. We find no evidence that greater exposure to Syrian refugees affected the attainment of Jordanians; adding a second, donor-funded shift in high-Syrian areas appears sufficient to mitigate potential over-crowding.