Girls Education Program

In a setting of gender disadvantage, can teaching adolescent girls life skills help them to remain in school? The research team of Jessica Leight, Ben Feigenberg, and Eric Edmonds partnered with J-PAL South Asia and Room to Read to evaluate the impact of Room to Read‘s Girls Education Program (GEP) for 2,459 girls living in Rajasthan, India starting in grade six. The GEP is built around a life skills curriculum focusing on skills girls need to unlock their potential, achieve their personal and community goals, and make informed choices about their lives. Funding for this research was provided by the United States Department of Labor under Cooperative Agreement IL-26700.

Study Summary

  • Policy Brief, prepared for U.S. Department of Labor, July 2019

Completed Working Papers


AEA Analysis Plan


Midline 1

Midline 2



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  • The do files contained in this link are all directed at generating the Endline Report linked above.¬† They differ from the replication files for the academic papers because of funder interests.
  • Please contact Eric Edmonds before beginning any project with this data to avoid redundancies with other authors working with this data.
  • Please cite “Advancing the Agency of Adolescent Girls” as the source of this data when working with this data.