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Behind the Veil: the Effect of Banning the Islamic Veil in Schools

Maurin, E. & Navarrete Hernandez, N. (2023). Behind the Veil: the Effect of Banning the Islamic Veil in Schools. Economic Policy, doi: 10.1093/epolic/eiac069

Abstract

The Islamic veil is a subject of intense controversy in many Western countries. In particular, it remains an open question whether banning the veil in schools prevents female Muslim students from engaging in normal schooling, or whether it is a policy that promotes their integration. We shed light on this question by exploring the effects of the 1994 ministerial circular that required French schools to ban Islamic veils. We show that the ban coincided with a significant improvement in the educational attainment of female students of Muslim origin, as well as a rise in mixed marriages.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Economic Policy following peer review. The version of record Maurin, E & Navarrete Hernandez, Nicolas (2023). Behind the Veil: the Effect of Banning the Islamic Veil in Schools. Economic Policy, will is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/epolic/eiac069
Publisher Keywords: Islamic veil, high school graduation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Economics
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