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Osaretin Olurotimi

The Effect of Conflict on Children's Learning Outcomes: Evidence from Uganda

Presented by:
Osaretin Olurotimi
Agricultural & Applied Economics
Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, April 7, 2022
3:45 pm-5:00 pm
Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Online - https://go.wisc.edu/esfdvx

This paper estimates the effect of conflict on learning outcomes for children living in Uganda using the UWEZO survey data of 2010-2015. Using a difference-in-differences approach, I find that for the cohort who were exposed, the Lord Resistance Army's (LRA) activities in a neighborhood reduce learning outcomes in both math and English, with larger effects on English language test scores. Surprisingly, I find that exposure to LRA does not significantly affect other schooling outcomes such as the probability of dropping out and being at the right age for a grade.