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Quality perceptions and school choice in rural Pakistan

Marine de Talancé Marine de Talancé ()
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Marine de Talancé Marine de Talancé: PSL, University Paris-Dauphine, LEDa, DIAL UMR 225

No DT/2016/15, Working Papers from DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation)

Abstract: A large body of research has well documented the growing contribution of private schools, including low-fee private providers, to education in underprivileged areas. Using a unique database from rural Pakistan, this paper determines the drivers of schooling behavior using a Heckman probit and a household fixed effects models that take into account non-random enrollment choice. The results suggest that gender and socioeconomic barriers still prevent certain parts of the population from accessing education and especially private schools. Both the lack of public schools and the perceived low quality of these schools explain why parents choose private schools even if free public schools are available. The household fixed effects model confirms the results and also shows that there is a significant intra-household gender gap in private school enrollment.

Keywords: Demand for schooling; Pakistan; Perceptions; Private schooling; Quality of education; School choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I25 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-11
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