Boosting Quality Education with Inclusive Human Development: Empirical Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Journal of Applied Social Science, 13(2), pp. 139-151(2019).

25 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2019 Last revised: 9 Oct 2019

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Nicholas Odhiambo

University of South Africa - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 4, 2019

Abstract

This study examines the importance of inclusive human development in promoting education quality in a panel of forty-nine Sub-Saharan African countries for the period 2000-2012. The empirical evidence is based on Ordinary Least Squares (OLS), Fixed Effects (FE) and Quantile Regression (QR) estimations. It is apparent from the OLS and FE findings that inclusive human development has a negative effect on the outcome variable. This negative effect implies that inclusive human development improves education quality. This result should be understood in the light of the fact that the adopted education variable is a negative economic signal given that it is computed as the ratio of pupils to teachers. Therefore, a higher ratio reflects diminishing education quality. From QR, with the exception of the highest quantile, the tendency of inclusive human development in reducing poor quality education is consistent throughout the conditional distribution of poor education quality. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: education; inclusive human development; Africa

JEL Classification: G20; I10; I32; O40; O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Odhiambo, Nicholas, Boosting Quality Education with Inclusive Human Development: Empirical Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa (April 4, 2019). Journal of Applied Social Science, 13(2), pp. 139-151(2019). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3365760 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3365760

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Nicholas Odhiambo

University of South Africa - Department of Economics ( email )

PO Box 392
Pretoria, 0003
South Africa

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