09/03/2014 02:31 PM
BATON ROUGE – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,
or UNESCO, recently released a report titled Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality
for All that cites the work of Naci Mocan and Colin Cannonier. The work cited is “Empowering
Women Through Education: Evidence from Sierra Leone.”
Mocan, who holds the Ourso Distinguished Chair in Economics as a professor in the
department, and Cannonier, who earned his Ph.D. in economics and is now an assistant
professor of economics at Belmont University, issued their working paper through the
National Bureau of Economic Research in April 2012. NBER working papers are circulated
for discussion and comment purposes. They have not been peer-reviewed or been subject
to the review by the NBER Board of Directors that accompanies official NBER publications.
In their paper, Mocan and Cannonier used data from Sierra Leone “where a substantial
education program provided increased access to education for primary-school age children
but did not benefit children who were older.” They found that the program has increased
educational attainment and that an increase in education has changed women’s preferences
and had an impact on their attitudes toward matters that impact women’s health and
violence against women.
Mocan and Connonier’s work was highlighted in the report’s third chapter—Schooling
Can Save the Planet: Higher levels of education lead to more concern for the environment.
To read the working paper in full, visit http://www.nber.org/papers/w18016.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014