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The Effect of Islamic Secondary School Attendance on Academic Achievement

  • Asadullah, Niaz


    (University of Malaya)

Using unique survey data on rural secondary school children, this paper evaluates the relative quality of Islamic secondary schools (i.e. madrasahs) in Bangladesh. Students attending registered madrasahs fare worse in maths and English than students attending non-madrasah schools. However, failure to account for non-random sorting over-estimates the negative influence of madrasahs on student achievement. Evidence on the magnitude of this bias is presented. Once selection effect is taken into account, madrasah disadvantage in English is small while that in maths becomes insignificant. Given the overall low level of achievement, this suggests that madrasah students perform just as poorly as those from non-madrasah schools in rural Bangladesh.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8233.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2014
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Singapore Economic Review, 2015
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp8233
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