Julia Behrman

About Julia Behrman

Julia Behrman is currently a doctoral student in the Sociology Department of New York University where her research focuses on the relationship between demography and inequality in high fertility contexts. Prior to her PhD, Julia worked as a Research Analyst for the gender and assets research portfolio of the International Food Policy Research Institute. She has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank Independent Evaluation group, World Bank Research Development Group, Institute for Fiscal Studies and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Julia holds masters degrees from the London School of Economics and New York University.

Targeted to Whom? Stipend Programs, Inequality and School Attainment in Rural Bangladesh

Improving educational attainment is important for achieving population targets and meeting economic development goals in low-income countries. Over the past few decades, targeted stipend programs have been used to improve the school attainment in poor populations in countries as diverse as Turkey, Mexico, and Brazil. The principal behind these programs is simple: cash or in-kind incentives are provided to targeted poor households conditional upon children’s school attendance. Evaluations of stipend programs show positive impacts across contexts: stipend programs improve enrollment and attainment and – in some cases – delay the start of marriage and childbearing. Continue reading