Using unique cohort data that follows the same children over time, Young Lives is able to track how gender inequalities open up during adolescence, and what causes inequality to shift and persist in different ways within and between countries. By doing so, we can provide insights into key windows of opportunity for policymakers to invest in children during the second decade of their lives, to mitigate the worst effects of poverty, broaden the options open to them, and support both girls and boys to reach their full potential.

While gender is about both boys and girls, there has been particular policy interest on finding out more about girls because they have traditionally been so disadvantaged. However, Young Lives research looks at the implications of gender roles and gender-based decisions for boys and girls, and young women and men.

Young Lives is analysing our qualitative and quantitative findings into the differences emerging between boys and girls at this time, and much of this work will be published in 2017.

Latest research: Gender

Understanding teenage fertility in Peru: An analysis using longitudinal data
Journal Article
Maternal Age and Offspring Human Capital in India
Journal Article
Learning Motivations, Learning Outcomes and Gender in Vietnam
Working paper
IMPACT CASE STUDY How poverty and gender combine to affect youth and adolescence
Impact case study
‘Whatever she may study, she can’t escape from washing dishes’: gender inequity in secondary education – evidence from a longitudinal study in India
Journal Article
Young Women’s Household Bargaining Power in Marriage and Parenthood in Ethiopia
Working paper
Do boys eat better than girls in India? Longitudinal evidence on dietary diversity and food consumption disparities among children and adolescents
Journal Article
“A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body”: Economic Causes & Consequences of Gender Bias in Allocation of Healthcare during the Early Stages of Life
Student paper

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