IERPE oversaw the collection of a unique dataset to provide micro-evidence on the immediate impact of the first colonial schools in Benin on the income, professional achievement, and occupational choices of the first school attendees.

Only schools established in regions with no prior exposure to European influence at the time are being studied.

The information comes from school, church, and colonial administration archives and in-person interviews with people from four sites: Kandi, Natitingou, Savé, and Zagnanado. It includes data on educational achievement, career choices, mental health conditions, and the living standards of the first cohort of children who attended these schools and also includes data on the accomplishments and living standards of their descendants.

Sponsored by: Princeton University (United States) and IDRC - International Development Research Centre (Canada)