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What drives the quality of schools in Africa? Disentangling social capital and ethnic divisions

Guillaume Hollard and Omar Sene ()

Economics of Education Review, 2020, vol. 74, issue C

Abstract: Two important lines of research have shaped our understanding of the ability of communities to engage in collective action. The first proposes ethnic division as a key determinant, with more ethnically-heterogeneous countries having worse economic performance and fewer public goods. The second focuses on social capital as a major determinant of the ability to engage in collective action. We expect trust among community members, a widely-used measure of social capital, to be an important and positive determinant of school quality.

Keywords: Education; Social capital; Ethnic division; Africa; Causality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 D7 H4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2019.101929

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