Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in Political Science
Brian Wampler. Ph.D.
Chris Birdsall, Ph.D.
Ross Burkhart, Ph.D.
Why is girls’ education participation notably below average in countries throughout both North and Sub-Saharan Africa? Previous research has concluded that the low rates of girls’ education in Africa are attributed to economics and more specifically wealth. While wealth needs to be addressed as a part of the discussion of issues surrounding girl’s education, it does not seem to be the primary cause of low participation outcomes. I argue that culture and governance are the primary factors effecting girls’ education in Africa. Moreover, government effectiveness and female genital mutilation are primary causes of the outcomes of girl’s education and appear to diminish the effects of wealth.
Hobbs, Hadley Olivia, "Girl’s Education in Africa: The importance of Culture and State Capacity" (2020). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1664.