Replication data for article "The Women Empowering Effect of Higher Education"

Published: 2 May 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/68tx52kdz9.1


These are the replication files for the paper titled "The Women Empowering Effect of Higher Education": Elsayed, Ahmed and Shirshikova, Alina (2023). "The women-empowering effect of higher education", Journal of Development Economics, 103101, ISSN 0304-3878, Abstract: We examine the effects of the large-scale construction of public universities in Egypt during the 1960s and 1970s. We found that opening a local university increased the likelihood of obtaining higher education degrees and had long-lasting positive effects on labor market and marriage outcomes, particularly for women. We give insights on internal migration as a channel and show that migration prior to university enrollment age decreased while migration after that age increased as an outcome of university construction. Local universities reduced men’s migration for study and women’s migration for early marriage. The paper highlights the importance of increasing access to higher education for positive social and labor outcomes, particularly for women. Keywords: Higher education; Universities; Empowerment of women; Egypt


Steps to reproduce

This replication package contains Stata code and data that reproduce the analyses in the article “The Women Empowering Effect of Higher Education”, Journal of Development Economics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2023.103101. The replicator can run the master file in Stata to generate the data for the figures and tables in the paper and the online appendix. Instructions to Replicator 1. Register and apply for access to the Egyptian LFS and ELMPS data on the ERF portal; 2. Save the LFS and ELMPS files in the directory “src_data/LFS Egypt” and “src_data/Egypt LMPS”, correspondingly; 3. Edit code/, line 12 to adjust the default path to the project folder; 4. Run code/ to run all steps (paths definition, data preparation, main & additional analysis) in sequence. The results will be stored in the output folder. Software Requirements Stata version 14 or higher. Stata add-on packages (installed from SSC by outreg2, boottest, coefplot, missings, shufflevar, did_multiplegt For more detailed instructions please consult the README replication file.


Universiteit Maastricht


Economics, Education, Higher Education


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