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The Impact of Parental Education on Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Evidence from the Long-Term Tracking of a Randomised Evaluation in Ghana

This project aims to establish whether secondary school subsidies for adolescents affect the cognitive development of their (future) children.

This project will leverage a randomised controlled trial initiated in Ghana several years ago. In 2008, a scholarship was allocated randomly to 682 youth in a sample of 2,064 who had qualified for, but not enrolled in, secondary school due to lack of funds. The scholarship offer led to a large increase in school enrolment. Since 2008, a team led by Professors Duflo and Dupas has tracked this cohort with a view to studying economic and social impacts. Through this project, the team will now focus on the children of the original respondents. The key question is whether investments in secondary education deliver benefits to the next generation.

Find out more about this research on the IPA team's project website.

Principal Investigator: Professor Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Early Childhood Development

The purpose of this interdisciplinary research programme is to fund the evidence that will inform the policies and interventions that will transform the life chances and destinies of children in their early years in lower- and middle-income countries.


We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.

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