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Whither Human Capital? The Woeful Tale of Transition to Tertiary Education in India

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  • Sumon Bhaumik
  • Manisha Chakrabarty

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In this paper we examine the issue of high dropout rates in India which has adverse implications for human capital formation, and hence for the country???s long term growth potential. Using the 2004-05 National Sample Survey employment-unemployment survey data, we estimate transition probabilities of moving from a number of different educational levels to higher educational levels using a sequential logit model. Our results suggest that the overall probability of reaching tertiary education is very low. Further, even by the woeful overall standards, women are significantly worse-off, particularly in rural areas.

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  • Sumon Bhaumik & Manisha Chakrabarty, 2011. "Whither Human Capital? The Woeful Tale of Transition to Tertiary Education in India," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series wp1019, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
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    Education; Transitional probability; India;

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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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