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The effects of elite public colleges on primary and secondary schooling markets in India

Maulik Jagnani and Gaurav Khanna

Journal of Development Economics, 2020, vol. 146, issue C

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. In addition, elite public colleges crowded in investments in electricity, roads, and water services. We find suggestive evidence that public investments in infrastructure may have reduced setup costs for private schools, and consequently, travel costs for school-going children.

Keywords: Higher education; Private schools; Public infrastructure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H52 I21 I23 I25 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2020.102512

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