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Impact of Roads on Middle School Enrollment: Treatment Effect Time Series

Based on BFI Working Paper No. 2019-44, “Spillover Impacts on Education from Employment Guarantees,” by Anjali Adukia, assistant professor of UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and BFI Working Paper No. 2017-08, “Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Indian Road Construction,” by Anjali Adukia, assistant professor of UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy; Sam Asher, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS; and Paul Novosad, assistant professor, Dartmouth
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Impact of Roads on Middle School Enrollment: Treatment Effect Time Series

This figure shows that increases in school enrollment correspond to the timing of new road construction, and these effects appear to be persistent. The timing and persistence of this change in enrollment suggests that the treatment effects are not driven by labor demand shocks from road construction itself, which would occur as the road is built and then would disappear thereafter. See full paper for details.