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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

Principal Investigator: Professor Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 This interdisciplinary research project aims to establish whether secondary school subsidies for adolescents affect the cognitive development of their (future) children. The program will leverage a randomized 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 Profs. Duflo and Dupas has tracked this cohort and studied the economic and social impacts of the program. Now we focus on the children of the original respondents. Prof. Spelke, a pioneer of the study of infant and early childhood development, has joined the team to develop innovative, robust, and culturally appropriate measures of early cognitive development for Ghanaian children at 14-18 months, 3 years and 5 years.  By testing the children of the original adolescents, we ask whether investments in secondary education deliver benefits to the next generation.

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Update Friday 6th April 2018

Please click here to view the IPA team's project website.

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