Teacher Truancy in India: The Role of Culture, Norms and Economic Incentives

17 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2007

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Kaushik Basu

Cornell University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Brookings Institution

Date Written: January 2006


Social scientists often emphasize how 'culture' and 'social norms' can be important determinants of economic behavior and development. This raises questions of the relative importance of economic incentives and these other more social variables, like culture, and of how they interact with one another. This paper uses some recent stylized facts concerning the problem of teacher truancy in Inida and constructs a simple model to illustrate the interaction between the 'economic' and the 'social'. It discusses how this enriches our view of policy-making for improving economic performance.

Keywords: Education, teachers, culture, incentives

JEL Classification: I21, D10, J44, Z10

Suggested Citation

Basu, Kaushik, Teacher Truancy in India: The Role of Culture, Norms and Economic Incentives (January 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956057 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.956057

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