Is There a Conflict between Commercial Gain and Concern for the Poor?: Evidence from Private Schools for the Poor in India and Nigeria

7 Pages Posted: 25 May 2005

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James Tooley

University of Newcastle - E.G. West Centre

Pauline Dixon

University of Newcastle - School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Abstract

In many developing countries, private unaided schools are serving the poor in large numbers. Some commentators view their presence as undesirable - in particular assuming that there is a conflict between 'commercial gain' and 'concern for the poor'. We show one way in which there is no conflict - the private unaided schools offer free or concessionary places to the poorest of the poor. Using data from a random sample of schools in Hyderabad, India, and a smaller sample in Makoko, Nigeria, we show that such places range from 10-20% of all places offered.

Suggested Citation

Tooley, James and Dixon, Pauline, Is There a Conflict between Commercial Gain and Concern for the Poor?: Evidence from Private Schools for the Poor in India and Nigeria. Economic Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 20-26, June 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=728688

James Tooley (Contact Author)

University of Newcastle - E.G. West Centre ( email )

England, NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
0191 222 6374 (Phone)
07976 403113 (Fax)

Pauline Dixon

University of Newcastle - School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences ( email )

Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
United Kingdom

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