Publication: Safety First: Perceived Risk of Street Harassment and Educational Choices of Women
This paper examines the long-term consequences of unsafe public spaces for women. It combines student-level survey data, a mapping of potential travel routes to all the colleges in the choice set, and crowdsourced mobile application safety data from Delhi. The findings show that women choose a college in the bottom half of the quality distribution over a college in the top quintile to feel safer while traveling, relative to men with comparable choice sets who choose a college in the top one-third of the distribution over a college in the top quintile. These findings have implications beyond women’s human capital attainment, such as their participation in the labor force.
“Borker, Girija. 2021. Safety First: Perceived Risk of Street Harassment and Educational Choices of Women. Policy Research Working Paper;No. 9731. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/36004 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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