Nishith Prakash, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Connecticut
Prakash will talk about the impact of a program in rural Zambia that provides bicycles to girls going to school. In estimating the causal impact on education and empowerment, preliminary findings from the study suggest that the bicycle reduced the commuting time to school by 35 minutes – a third of the total commute time. In addition, school absenteeism dropped 27 percent and punctuality increased. The research also found evidence that the girls improved overall in terms of various measures of empowerment, fertility preferences, locus of control and perceived safety.
ORGANIZER: Harvard Kennedy School - Women and Public Policy Program