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Title:Social divisions in school participation and attainment in India: 1983 - 2004 PDF Logo
Authors:Niaz Asadullah, M.
Kambhampati, Uma
López Bóo, Florencia
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Working paper // Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department 692
Abstract:This study documents the size and nature of 'boy-girl' and 'Hindu-Muslim' 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 socioeconomic 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
J16
Z12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Research Department Working Papers, Inter-American Development Bank

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