By Clifford Afoakwah, Xin Deng, Ilke Onur
• Slow school progression caused by late enrolment and grade repetition is a problem worldwide, especially in developing countries.
• This study examines the impact of women’s intrahousehold bargaining power on children’s schooling outcomes in Ghana.
• Increased women’s bargaining power has no effect on the timing of school enrollment but reduces the chances of grade repetition and how many times the same grade is repeated.
• Girls benefit more from their mothers’ bargaining power compared to boys.
• Women’s bargaining power has a larger impact on the education of firstborn children than on subsequent children.
• Policies aimed at empowering women will improve children’s schooling outcomes.