Reshaping Adolescents’ Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India

Diva Dhar, Tarun Jain, Seema Jayachandran*

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Abstract

This paper evaluates an intervention in India that engaged adolescent girls and boys in classroom discussions about gender equality for two years, aiming to reduce their support for societal norms that restrict women’s and girls’ opportunities. Using a randomized controlled trial, we find that the program made attitudes more supportive of gender equality by 0.18 standard deviations, or, equivalently, converted 16 percent of regressive attitudes. When we resurveyed study participants two years after the intervention had ended, the effects had persisted. The program also led to more gender-equal self-reported behavior, and we find weak evidence that it affected two revealed-preference measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)899-927
Number of pages29
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Volume112
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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