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Analysing demand for primary education: Slum dwellers of Kolkata

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  • Husain, Zakir

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The low level of literacy within the Muslim community is traditionally explained in terms of the conservative values characterising Muslim society. Based on a field survey of slum dwellers in selected areas of Kolkata, this article argues that economic factors and uncertainties in the labour market combine to create a different perception of the cost-benefits of education. It also examines other facets of educational decisions: its cost and components, the choice of educational institutions and the preferred medium of instruction, presence of gender bias, and the relation between dropouts and child labour.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 21184.

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Date of creation: 08 Jan 2005
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Publication status: Published in Economic and Political Weekly 2.XL(2005): pp. 137-147
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:21184

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Keywords: Education; Muslim; India;

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  1. Swaminathan, Madhura, 1998. "Economic growth and the persistence of child labor: Evidence from an Indian city," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 26(8), pages 1513-1528, August.
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  1. Husain, Zakir & Chatterjee, Amrita, 2009. "Primary completion rates across socio-religious communities in West Bengal," MPRA Paper 21185, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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