Parental Education as a Criterion for Affirmative Action in Higher Education
40 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2014
Date Written: July 8, 2014
Affirmative action, in the form of reservation policies, to address the issues of inclusion has been in place in India for a long time. While its scope has enlarged with inclusion of new social groups, the efficacy remains a matter of debate. This paper explores if parental education is an appropriate criterion for affirmative action. Empirical results using three rounds of the National Sample Survey data suggest that parental education as a determinant of participation in higher education not only transcends the impact of caste, religious and economic status, it is also very attractive for the ease of implementation.
Keywords: Asia, India, Affirmative Action, Higher Education, Parental Education, Caste
JEL Classification: I2, J2, D63
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