Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) - Universal Primary Education in Uganda: Equity of Opportunities and Human Capital Investment

PEP working paper serie 2013-17

36 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2018

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Jean-Yves Duclos

Laval University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Angela Kiconco

Uganda Bureau of Statistics

Sebastian Levine

United Nations - Development Programme (UNDP)

Joseph Enyimu

Independent

Alex Warren-Rodriguez

Department of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Albert Musisi

Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda

Date Written: December 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper assesses the effectiveness and progressivity of Uganda’s Universal Primary Education program since it was first introduced in 1997, by examining factors driving primary school attendance, grade delay and drop out trends for children between the ages of 6 and 12 over the past two decades. Our findings reveal that primary school attendance has been progressive over time and, in recent years, pro-poor, in the sense that the poorest people have been its major beneficiaries. However, both demand and supply-side factors affecting the provision and use of primary education still stand in the way of achieving optimal and equitable participation from UPE. Our analysis also suggests that policies targeting the poor as well as the poorer parts of the country could yield considerable additional benefits, in terms of greater progressiveness and pro- poorness of the UPE policy.

Keywords: Universal Primary Education; Uganda; Poverty and Social Impact analysis

JEL Classification: 128; 124; 132

Suggested Citation

Duclos, Jean-Yves and Kiconco, Angela and Levine, Sebastian and Enyimu, Joseph and Warren-Rodriguez, Alex and Musisi, Albert, Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) - Universal Primary Education in Uganda: Equity of Opportunities and Human Capital Investment (December 1, 2013). PEP working paper serie 2013-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3167443 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3167443

Jean-Yves Duclos

Laval University ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Angela Kiconco

Uganda Bureau of Statistics

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Sebastian Levine

United Nations - Development Programme (UNDP) ( email )

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Joseph Enyimu (Contact Author)

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Alex Warren-Rodriguez

Department of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London ( email )

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Albert Musisi

Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda

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