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School participation in rural India

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Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science
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Keywords
  • Ja Political Science (General)
  • L Education (General)
Disciplines
  • Education

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of the determinant of school participation in rural north India, based on a recent household survey which includes detailed information on school characteristics. School participation especially among girls, responds to a wide range of variables, including parental education and motivation, social background, dependency ratios, work opportunities, village development, teacher posting , teacher regularity and mid-day meals. The remarkable lead achieved by the state of Himachal Pradesh is fully accounted for by these variables. School quality matters, but it is not related in a simply way to specific inputs.

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