Economics of Educating Women

Social media logoWomen's Foundation Logo




Students from the interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies program, along with faculty from across campus, and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas worked together to examine the economics of educating women in Arkansas. Previous research has helped to explain earning potential of educated versus non-educated women, factors that influence educational attainment, and other economic and social consequences of not completing an education. This study built on previous findings by taking a new look at why women in Arkansas choose to pursue or not pursue higher levels of education. The study examined how education impacts the individual characteristics, families, and communities of women when they have access to knowledge. Researchers were also interested in the roles education, health, and other nonprofit institutions, as well as policy-makers, can play in influencing and lifting a woman’s potential.

Data were collected through a survey instrument and one-on-one interviews.

To view the survey, click below.


Listen to the KUAR story about the project here.

Students and faculty involved in the project were honored with the opportunity to present their research at the International Leadership Association’s Annual Conference in San Diego, California in the fall of 2014. Also in October of 2014, The Women’s Foundation held a panel discussion at the Clinton School of Public Service to discuss the release of the report.