What Criteria Should Policymakers Use for Assisting Households with Educational Expenditure? The Case of Urban Bangladesh
South Asia Economic Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 25-37
21 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2010 Last revised: 6 Sep 2014
Date Written: 2011
Low household expenditure on education compromises the learning and future labor market prospects of children. This study provides an empirical framework for determining the criteria that South Asian policymakers can use for assisting households with educational expenditure. A case study of urban Bangladesh using tobit and hurdle regression models indicate that households in the bottom two per-capita quartiles should receive priority as recipients of policy assistance. Other criteria include households with parents who have not completed primary schooling, and households with boys, older children, and multiple children of school-going age.
Keywords: Economics of education, hurdle model, educational expenditure, Bangladesh
JEL Classification: C24, D1, I2
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