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Development Impact of Higher Education in Africa: the case of Uganda


  • Obwona, Marios
  • Ssewanyana, Sarah


Using micro data from a series of household surveys, the paper demonstrates that to some extent there is positive correlation between per capita GDP growth and student enrolment in public universities in Uganda. It also finds that the higher education graduates are employed in those sectors which have recorded higher growth rates. The higher education graduates do contribute to the economy indirectly through tax revenue which are in turn used to support social programs among others that benefit the society at large. The paper also demonstrates that the share of taxes from higher education graduates has been increasing over time. The paper reveals that the returns to higher education are higher than at any other lower education levels. More importantly, university education shows the highest private returns.

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  • Obwona, Marios & Ssewanyana, Sarah, 2007. "Development Impact of Higher Education in Africa: the case of Uganda," Policy Briefs 150535, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eprcpb:150535
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.150535

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    4. Adong, Annet & Mwaura, Francis & Okoboi, Geofrey, 2012. "What factors determine membership to farmer groups in Uganda? Evidence from the Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/9," Research Series 148950, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
    5. Ahaibwe, Gemma & Mbowa, Swaibu & Lwanga, Musa Mayanja, 2013. "Youth Engagement in Agriculture in Uganda: Challenges and Prospects," Research Series 159673, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
    6. Buyinza, Faisal, 2011. "Performance and Survival of Ugandan Manufacturing firms in the context of the East African Community," Research Series 150477, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
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