Do Friends Improve Female Education? The Case of Bangladesh

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Youjin Hahn

Yonsei University

Behrooz Hassani-Mahmooei

Monash University - Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics

Asad Islam

Monash University - Department of Economics

Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics; Stockholm University; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

We randomly assign more than 6,000 students to work on math tests in one of three settings: individually, in groups with random mates, or in groups with friends. The groups consist of four people and are balanced by average cognitive ability and ability distribution. While the achievement of male students is not affected by the group assignment, low-ability females assigned to groups outperform low-ability females working individually. The treatment is particularly effective when low-ability females study with friends. To rule out sorting effects, we show that random groups with identical composition to that of friendship groups do not produce similar effects. Our study thus documents that there are teaching practices where mixing students by ability may improve learning, especially for low-ability female students.

Keywords: ability, education, Gender, learning, Social interactions

JEL Classification: E21, I25, J16, O12

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Youjin and Hassani-Mahmooei, Behrooz and Islam, Asadul and Patacchini, Eleonora and Zenou, Yves, Do Friends Improve Female Education? The Case of Bangladesh (November 2016). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11615, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2869069

Youjin Hahn (Contact Author)

Yonsei University ( email )

Seoul
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Behrooz Hassani-Mahmooei

Monash University - Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics ( email )

Melbourne, VIC 3800
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://users.monash.edu.au/~behroozh/

Asadul Islam

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

Department of Economics
Monash University
Caulfield East, Victoria
Australia
+61399032783 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://users.monash.edu/~asaduli/

Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )

Via Due Macelli, 73
Rome, 00187
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

Australia

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI) ( email )

P.O. Box 5501
S-114 85 Stockholm
Sweden

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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