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The Impact of Secondary Schooling in Kenya : A Regression Discontinuity Analysis

SKILLS FEMALE EDUCATION PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVING EXAMINATION BASIC EDUCATION OLDER MEN TEACHERS EDUCATION OFFICES NUMBER OF SCHOOLS SPOUSE SCHOOLING FIRST CHILD SCHOOL LEAVING EXAMINATION DISTRICT EDUCATION SCHOOL ENROLLMENT POLICY CHANGE EDUCATION POLICY HIGH SCHOOL PUBLIC SERVICES TEEN GENDER PARITY POLICY DISCUSSIONS DEVELOPMENT GOALS ADULTS LITERACY EXAMINATION TEXTBOOKS LABOR MARKET VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION COGNITIVE TEST PREGNANCIES EDUCATION INVESTMENTS EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT RATES OF POPULATION PRIVATE SCHOOLS POPULATION GROWTH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SECONDARY SCHOOLS SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATED PARENTS NATURAL DISASTERS PRIMARY SCHOOLING COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT VOCATIONAL EDUCATION DISASTERS TEENS LEARNING EDUCATION SYSTEM MARRIAGE SCHOOL QUALITY SCHOOL COMPLETION PRIMARY SCHOOL PRIMARY EDUCATION POLICY AVERAGE SCHOOLING RESPECT HUMAN CAPITAL ACCUMULATION PARENTS’ EDUCATION PRIMARY SCHOOLS PROGRESS PUBLISHERS SCHOOL PARTICIPATION INFANT HUMAN CAPITAL YOUNG MEN NATIONAL BOUNDARIES YOUNG ADULTS POLICIES SCHOOL FEES LOW-INCOME COUNTRY VALUES HIV SCHOOLS SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER SCHOOL ENTRY LEARNING OUTCOMES URBAN CENTERS FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION SCHOOL LEADERS CLASS SIZE GRADE REPETITION SECONDARY SCHOOLING POPULATIONS IMPACT OF EDUCATION MOTHER CHILDBEARING INFANT HEALTH POLICY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR SEX LEVEL OF EDUCATION EDUCATION WAR RURAL AREAS YOUNG WOMEN PRIMARY EDUCATION SYSTEM CLASS-SIZE TEEN PREGNANCY POPULATION CATHOLIC SCHOOLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS STUDENTS POLICY RESEARCH NUMBER OF STUDENTS FERTILITY FEES PRIMARY EDUCATION PREGNANCY BY AGE WOMEN NATIONAL SCHOOLS LABOR MARKETS EDUCATIONAL PARTICIPATION MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS SCHOOL EARLY MARRIAGE SECONDARY EDUCATION FIRST BIRTHS PREGNANCY ACADEMIC YEAR FEMALE SCHOOLING EFFECTS OF EDUCATION PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT GIRLS’ SCHOOLS DEVELOPMENT POLICY RETURNS TO EDUCATION
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Kenya
2015-08-17T18:33:58Z | 2015-08-17T18:33:58Z | 2015-08

This paper estimates the impacts of secondary school on human capital, occupational choice, and fertility for young adults in Kenya. The probability of admission to government secondary school rises sharply at a score close to the national mean on a standardized 8th grade examination, permitting the estimation of causal effects of schooling in a regression discontinuity framework. The analysis combines administrative test score data with a recent survey of young adults to estimate these impacts. The results show that secondary schooling increases human capital, as measured by performance on cognitive tests included in the survey. For men, there is a drop in the probability of low-skill self-employment, as well as suggestive evidence of a rise in the probability of formal employment. The opportunity to attend secondary school also reduces teen pregnancy among women.

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