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School Participation in Rural India

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  • Dreze, Jean
  • Kingdon, Geeta Gandhi

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This paper presents an analysis of the determinants of school participation in rural north India, based on a recent household survey that 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 postings, mid-day meals and infrastructural quality. Mid-day meals are particularly effective: the provision of a mid-day meal in the local school roughly halves the proportion of girls excluded from the schooling system. School quality matters, though it is not related in a simple way to specific inputs. Copyright 2001 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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Volume (Year): 5 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 1-24

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