Department of Economics

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Matthew Collins is defending his doctoral dissertation

Published: 2022-05-06

Title:  Essays on instruction time, grades and parental investments in education

One of the papers in the thesis: Siblings’ gender and inheritance customs shape educational attainment in sub-Saharan Africa 

Despite improvements in some other developing regions, the gender gap in educational attainment persists in sub-Saharan Africa. If parents devote more resources to the education of their sons, then having a brother should have negative consequences for one’s own education.

The findings of a new PhD thesis show that the extent to which this is true depends on the traditional inheritance customs practiced in different societies. Specifically, the negative effect of having a brother varies according to whether customs allow inheritance to pass from fathers to son or not.


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