1976 Universal Primary Education and Schooling Attainment in Nigeria

36 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2015

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Adewole Musiliu Adeolu

Elizade University

Theophilus Fadayomi

Elizade University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2, 2015

Abstract

This study examines causal impact of 1976 Universal Primary Education (UPE) on individual schooling attainment in the Nigeria. This study exploits the quasi-natural experiment offered by the large-scale government investment in Universal Primary Education between 1976 and 1981 to confront the identification problems associated with this kind of study. Results from the Differences-in-Differences technique established that the UPE programme had positive and statistically significant impact on schooling attainment of beneficiaries. After controlling for all a large number of variables in the DID framework, exposure to UPE programme increases schooling attainment by 0.15 year. A formal test does not suggest that omitted variables might be influencing schooling outcomes.

Keywords: Nigeria, Universal Primary Education, Schooling

JEL Classification: I00, I20, I28

Suggested Citation

Adewole, Musiliu Adeolu and Fadayomi, Theophilus, 1976 Universal Primary Education and Schooling Attainment in Nigeria (November 2, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2685122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2685122

Musiliu Adeolu Adewole (Contact Author)

Elizade University ( email )

P.M.B. 002
Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State
Nigeria

Theophilus Fadayomi

Elizade University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.M.B. 002
Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State
Nigeria

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