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Emerging Challenges for Indian Education Policy

Edited by Anjini Kochar

in Economic Policy Reforms and the Indian Economy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780226454528
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226454542 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226454542.003.0008
Emerging Challenges for Indian Education Policy

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This chapter investigates the supply-side factors that influence the decision to extend children's school attendance to longer periods. The differential effect of school quality on households from different socioeconomic backgrounds indicates that low school quality may increase inequality in schooling attainment. It also provides evidence of the correlation between schooling inequality and governmental investments in the schooling sector. Educationally backward households and regions pay the costs of poor school quality to a far greater extent than do better-schooled households. Furthermore, data shows that states spending relatively more on schooling have experienced more rapid growth in private school enrollments. Low school quality affects poorer households, characterized by low levels of parental schooling. A decrease in regulation may promote the growth of private schools.

Keywords: school attendance; education policy; school quality; households; schooling attainment; schooling inequality; governmental investments; parental schooling; private schools

Chapter.  8569 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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