Assessing the Impact of District Primary Education Program in India
24 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2015
Date Written: October 12, 2015
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
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