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Health Econ. 2010 Sep;19 Suppl:36-54. doi: 10.1002/hec.1643.

Teacher training and HIV/AIDS prevention in West Africa: regression discontinuity design evidence from the Cameroon.

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The Graduate Institute, International Economics and Development Studies, Pavillon Rigot, Geneva, Switzerland.


We assess the impact on teenage childbearing as well as student knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of a typical HIV/AIDS teacher training program in the Cameroon. Applying a regression discontinuity design identification strategy based on the key administrative criterion that determined program deployment, we find that 15-17 year old girls in teacher training schools are between 7 and 10 percentage points less likely to have started childbearing, an objective proxy for the incidence of unprotected sex. They are also significantly more likely to have used a condom during their last sexual intercourse. For 12-13 year old girls, the likelihood of self-reported abstinence and condom use is also significantly higher in treated schools, while the likelihood of having multiple partners is significantly lower.

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