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Title:Social divisions in school participation and attainment in India: 1983 - 2004 PDF Logo
Authors:Asadullah, Niaz
Kambhampati, Uma
López Bóo, Florencia
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6329
Abstract:This study documents the size and nature of Hindu-Muslim and boy-girl gaps in children's school participation and attainments in India. Individual-level data from two successive rounds of the National Sample Survey suggest that considerable progress has been made in decreasing the Hindu-Muslim gap. Nonetheless, the gap remains sizable even after controlling for numerous socio-economic and parental covariates, and the Muslim educational disadvantage in India today is greater than that experienced by girls and Scheduled Caste Hindu children. A gender gap still appears within as well as between communities, though it is smaller within Muslim communities. While differences in gender and other demographic and socio-economic covariates have recently become more important in explaining the Hindu-Muslim gap, those differences altogether explain only 25 percent to 45 percent of the observed schooling gap.
Subjects:gender inequality
India
religion
social disparity
JEL:I21
O15
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2012042311263
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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