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Does access to secondary education affect primary schooling? Evidence from India

Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay () and Soham Sahoo ()

Economics of Education Review, 2016, vol. 54, issue C, 124-142

Abstract: This paper investigates if better access to secondary education increases enrollment in primary schools among children in the 6–10 age group. Using a household level longitudinal survey in a poor state in India, we find support for our hypothesis. Using recent methods developed to assess the impact of omitted variable bias on the estimated coefficient, we show that correction for a bias emanating from endogenous placement of schools leaves our conclusions unchanged. Moreover, the marginal effect is larger for poorer households and boys (who are more likely to enter the labor force). We also provide some suggestive evidence that this effect may be quite widespread in India.

Keywords: Primary schooling; School enrollment; School attendance; Secondary schooling; Human capital; Returns to schooling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 I20 I25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2016.07.003

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