Does democracy explain gender differentials in education?

Vol: 
20/2009
Author name: 
Cooray A
Year: 
2009
Month: 
January
Abstract: 

This study shows that despite a strong empirical association between gender differentials in enrolment ratios and democracy, that democracy alone does not explain gender differentials in education in Africa and Asia. The results indicate that income, employment in agriculture, religious heterogeneity and colonialism also help explain the under-representation of girls in education in these regions. Countries in which the duration of suffrage has been longer, tend to perform better on average in terms of gender equality in education.

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