Economics at your fingertips  

Inequality of Opportunity in Educational Attainment in Middle East and North Africa: Evidence from Household Surveys

Ragui Assaad (), Djavad Salehi-Isfahani () and Rana Hendy

No 834, Working Papers from Economic Research Forum

Abstract: Education is widely considered as the most important path to social mobility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), yet there are very few studies of the extent to which it fulfills this promise. In this paper we use survey data from seven MENA countries to understand the relationship between schooling attainment of youth and the circumstances into which they are born, namely gender, parent education, and type of community. We consider both the probability of entry and of reaching secondary school using censored ordered probit. We find an alarming degree of inequality of opportunity in attainment in most of these countries, especially in Iraq and Yemen. Previous results of inequality of opportunity in MENA in achievement show that building a level playing field in learning requires much more than free provision of schools; the results of this study find the same for attending and staying in school.

Date: 2014-05, Revised 2014-05
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (9) Track citations by RSS feed

Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf) (text/html)

Related works:
Journal Article: Inequality of opportunity in educational attainment in the Middle East and North Africa: Evidence from household surveys (2019) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Economic Research Forum Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sherine Ghoneim ().

Page updated 2019-07-20
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:834