The Effects of Elite Public Colleges on Primary and Secondary Schooling Markets in India

69 Pages Posted: 17 May 2017 Last revised: 18 Feb 2018

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Maulik Jagnani

Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Gaurav Khanna

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: February 15, 2018

Abstract

We present the first estimates of the effects of higher education investments on lower levels of schooling. Using the roll-out of elite public colleges in India, we show that investments in higher education increased educational attainment among school-age children. Private schools entered districts with new elite public colleges, and students switched from public to private schools. We find suggestive evidence that elite colleges led to focal investments in electricity, roads and water services reducing setup costs for private schools, and consequently, travel costs for school-going children.

Keywords: higher education, educational attainment, private schools, public infrastructure

JEL Classification: H52, I21, I23, I25, O15

Suggested Citation

Jagnani, Maulik and Khanna, Gaurav, The Effects of Elite Public Colleges on Primary and Secondary Schooling Markets in India (February 15, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2968170 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2968170

Maulik Jagnani (Contact Author)

Cornell University, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

Gaurav Khanna

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0502
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
United States

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