Teacher Truancy in India: The Role of Culture, Norms and Economic Incentives
Cornell University - Department of Economics; Harvard University - Harvard Institute of Economic Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); World Bank
Social scientists often emphasize how 'culture' and 'social norms' can be important determinants of economic behavior and development. This raises questions of the relative importance of economic incentives and these other more social variables, like culture, and of how they interact with one another. This paper uses some recent stylized facts concerning the problem of teacher truancy in Inida and constructs a simple model to illustrate the interaction between the 'economic' and the 'social'. It discusses how this enriches our view of policy-making for improving economic performance.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Education, teachers, culture, incentives
JEL Classification: I21, D10, J44, Z10working papers series
Date posted: January 14, 2007
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