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Socioeconomic and ethnic determinants of grade repetition in Bolivia and Guatemala

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  • Patrinos, Harry Anthony
  • Psacharopoulos, George

After reviewing the literature on repetition (students repeating grades in schools) in developing countries, the authors examine factors related to repetition in Bolivia and Guatemala. They develop a model to estimate the incidence and determinants of repetition. The use multivariate logistic regression analysis to estimate the determinants of repetition, using the results in simulations to determine probabilities of who is more likely to repeat. Their empirical analysis shows that certain populations are more likely to repeat a grade: children from less wealthy households and children of indigenous origins. This suggests that any targeting activities could be directed to the poor and could have an indigenous component, such as bilingual education.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 1028.

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Date of creation: 30 Nov 1992
Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:1028
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  1. Behrman, Jere R & Deolalikar, Anil B, 1991. "School Repetition, Dropouts, and the Rates of Return to Schooling: The Case of Indonesia," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 53(4), pages 467-480, November.
  2. Psacharopoulos, George & Rojas, Carlos & Velez, Eduardo, 1992. "Achievement evaluation of Colombia's Escuela Nueva : is multigrade the answer?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 896, The World Bank.
  3. Gome-Neto, J.B. & Hanushek, E.A., 1991. "The Causes and Effects of Grade Repetition: Evidence from Brazil," RCER Working Papers 295, University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER).
  4. Glewwe, P. & Jacoby, H., 1993. "Delayed Primary School Enrollment and Childhood Malnutrition in Ghana, an Economic Analysis," Papers 98, World Bank - Living Standards Measurement.
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