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Religious Schools, Social Values, and Economic Attitudes: Evidence from Bangladesh

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  • Asadullah, Mohammad Niaz
  • Chaudhury, Nazmul

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Summary This paper uses new data on female graduates of registered secondary secular schools and madrasas from rural Bangladesh and tests whether there exist attitudinal gaps by school type and what teacher-specific factors explain these gaps. Even after controlling for a rich set of individual, family and school traits, we find that madrasa graduates differ on attitudes associated with issues such as working mothers, desired fertility, and higher education for girls, when compared to their secular schooled peers. On the other hand, madrasa education is associated with attitudes that are still conducive to democracy. We also find that exposure to female and younger teacher is associated with more favorable attitudes among graduates.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 205-217

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Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:38:y:2010:i:2:p:205-217

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Keywords: religious schools secondary education madrasa reform social integration Bangladesh South Asia;

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  1. Nistha Sinha, 2004. "Testing for a Supply Constraint to Fertility: Interpreting the Up to God Response to the Survey Question on Desired Family Size," Working Papers 889, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
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Cited by:
  1. André, Pierre & Demonsant, Jean-Luc, 2013. "Koranic Schools in Senegal : A real barrier to formal education?," MPRA Paper 53997, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Al-Samarrai, Samer, 2007. "Financing basic education in Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 1505, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Asadullah, Niaz & Chakrabarti, Rupa & Chaudhury, Nazmul, 2012. "What Determines Religious School Choice? Theory and Evidence from Rural Bangladesh," IZA Discussion Papers 6883, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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