Assessing the Impact of District Primary Education Program in India

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Mehtabul Azam

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Chan Hang Saing

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater

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Date Written: October 12, 2015

Abstract

We examine the impact of India's District Primary Education Program (DPEP) introduced in mid-1990s. We exploit the fact that the DPEP was targeted towards primary age children and was introduced in phases to different districts in India, and many of the districts never got the program to implement a difference-in-differences strategy to find causal impact of the program on probability of enrolling in primary school, probability of completing primary education, and years of schooling. We find that DPEP program increased the probability of children attending primary school by 2.1 percentage points and probability of children completing primary education by about 1.8 percentage points. Similarly, the program increased the total years of schooling by 0.16 years.

Keywords: District Primary Education Program, India, Difference-in-Differences

Suggested Citation

Azam, Mehtabul and Saing, Chan Hang, Assessing the Impact of District Primary Education Program in India (October 12, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2690059 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2690059

Mehtabul Azam (Contact Author)

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater ( email )

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United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Germany

Chan Hang Saing

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater ( email )

Stillwater, OK
United States

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