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IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Economics Work In Progress Seminar Series

Gender Norms and Adolescent Girls' Trajectories: Evidence from a Field Experiment in India

Sonya Krutikova (IFS), joint with Alison Andrew (UCL&IFS), Abhishek Gautam (ICRW), and Gabriela Smarrelli (Oxford), Hemlata Verma (ICRW).

Thursday 25 March 2021 12:30 - 17:00

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About this event

We study the effects of two interventions designed to reduce the grip of highly restrictive gender norms on adolescent girls' education, marriage and well-being in rural Rajasthan, India. The first intervention comprised weekly “girl groups” which used group activities and sports to provide adolescent girls with the understanding, knowledge and social support they would need to challenge restrictive norms. The second additionally engaged with girls' families and wider communities given this is a context where girls frequently have little direct say over key decisions. We find that the girl groups, alone and in combination with community engagement, significantly reduce school dropout and rates of early marriage amongst older girls. The addition of community engagement improved girls' mental health and shifted their gender norms. We interpret the findings within a conceptual framework which allows for several different channels through which gender norms can impact girls' behaviour and well-being.

This seminar series is jointly organized by the IFS, STICERD, and UCL.

IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Economics Work In Progress seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 13:00-14:00, ONLINE, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Oriana Bandiera (STICERD, LSE), Imran Rasul (UCL), Britta Augsburg (IFS) and Jonathan Weigel (LSE).

For further information please contact Lubala Chibwe, either by email: l.chibwe@lse.ac.uk.

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