Social Divisions in School Participation and Attainment in India: 1983-2004

38 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011

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M. Niaz Asadullah

University of Reading - Department of Economics; University of Malaya

Uma S. Kambhampati

University of Reading - Department of Economics

Florencia López Bóo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Young Lives, Department of International Development, University of Oxford; IZA

Date Written: August 2009

Abstract

This study documents the size and nature of “boy-girl” and “Hindu-Muslim” gaps in children’s school participation and attainments in India. Individual-level data from two successive rounds of the National Sample Survey suggest that considerable progress has been made in decreasing the Hindu-Muslim gap. Nonetheless, the gap remains sizable even after controlling for numerous socioeconomic and parental covariates, and the Muslim educational disadvantage in India today is greater than that experienced by girls and Scheduled Caste Hindu children. A gender gap still appears within as well as between communities, though it is smaller within Muslim communities. While differences in gender and other demographic and socio-economic covariates have recently become more important in explaining the Hindu-Muslim gap, those differences altogether explain only 25 percent to 45 percent of the observed schooling gap.

Suggested Citation

Asadullah, Mohammad Niaz and Kambhampati, Uma S. and López Bóo, Florencia, Social Divisions in School Participation and Attainment in India: 1983-2004 (August 2009). IDB Working Paper No. 574, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1821925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1821925

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