Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Author-Name: Ashwini Deshpande Author-Name-First: Ashwini Author-Name-Last: Deshpande Author-Email: ashwini.deshpande@ashoka.edu.in Author-Workplace-Name: Department of Economics, Ashoka University Author-Name: Christopher Ksoll Author-Name-First: Christopher Author-Name-Last: Ksoll Author-Email: cksoll@mathematica-mpr.com Author-Workplace-Name: Mathematica Policy Research Author-Name: Annemie Maertens Author-Name-First: Annemie Author-Name-Last: Maertens Author-Email: am445@cornell.edu Author-Workplace-Name: University of Sussex Author-Name: Vinitha R. Varghese Author-Name-First: Vinitha R. Author-Name-Last: Varghese Author-Email: Author-Workplace-Name: University of Illinois at Chicago Title: The Impact of an Adult Literacy Program on the Next Generation: Evidence from India Abstract: We use a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impacts of an adult literacy program, targeting women in rural India, on a broad range of outcomes one year later. We show that the program had significant impacts on multiple aspects of the women’s lives, such as improvements in the women’s health and hygiene practices, as well as increased involvement in their children’s education (but noted no differences in terms of health and educational outcomes of the children). In terms of mechanisms, we find that the program not only increased the women’s literacy and numeracy, but also made the women more knowledgeable, and confident in dealing with people outside their family. We document positive effects on women’s mobility, and some measures of bargaining power, but overall decision-making power appears not to have been affected. length: 48 Creation-Date: 20200302 Revision-Date: Publication-Status: File-URL: https://dp.ashoka.edu.in/ash/wpaper/paper26_0.pdf File-Format: Application/pdf Number: 26 Keywords: adult literacy Keywords: child education Keywords: child health Keywords: Gender Keywords: India Handle: RePEc:ash:wpaper:26