Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University
Edutainment Radio, Women's Status and Primary School Participation: Evidence from Cambodia
Abstract: This paper investigates whether exposure to "edutainment"
(education - entertainment) radio leads to improved women's status and
primary school participation. Specifically, I examine a popular radio
station focusing on gender issues in Cambodia. To identify the effect, I
exploit plausible exogenous variation in over-the-air signal strength
between radio transmitters and villages within a district, as well as the
variation across time and space in exposure. Using individual data, both
approaches show that the exposure had a significant impact on behavior by
raising the women's decision-making power within the household and
increasing children's primary school attendance. The latter impact is also
reflected by higher primary school enrollment three years after exposure.
The impact was found in both poor and rural house- holds confirming that
radio is an effective vehicle to transmit information in the more
marginalized areas. Suggestive evidence shows that the exposure also
affected attitudes towards domestic violence and the prevalence of son
preference which is a stepping stone towards changing socially constructed
Keywords: Radio exposure; information; gender; women's status; schooling; enrollment; attitude; behavior; edutainment; Cambodia; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D83; I25; J16; (follow links to similar papers)
46 pages, April 12, 2012
Before downloading any of the electronic versions below
you should read our statement on
for viewing Postscript files and the
Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing pdf files.
Full text versions of the paper:
Questions (including download problems) about the papers in this series should be directed to Sten Nyberg ()
Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson ()
or Helena Lundin ().
Design by Joachim Ekebom