French and British Colonial Legacies in Education: Evidence from the Partition of Cameroon

@article{Dupraz2019FrenchAB,
  title={French and British Colonial Legacies in Education: Evidence from the Partition of Cameroon},
  author={Yannick Dupraz},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  year={2019}
}
  • Yannick Dupraz
  • Published 28 March 2019
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
Cameroon was partitioned between France and the United Kingdom after WWI and then reunited after independence. I use this natural experiment to investigate colonial legacies in education, using a border discontinuity analysis of historical census microdata from 1976. I find that men born in the decades following partition had, all else equal, one more year of schooling if they were born in the British part. This positive British effect disappeared after 1950, as the French increased education… 

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