Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161218
Authors: 
Fagernäs, Sonja
Pelkonen, Panu
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10595
Abstract: 
Social or ethnic segregation can impede the equitable allocation of public resources in developing countries. We study an under-explored dimension; the allocation of public sector teachers in India. Using a register database for 2006-12, we construct indicators for the equality of teacher allocation and workplace segregation of teachers by gender and caste within districts. While pupil-teacher ratios have improved, the equality of teacher allocation has not. We show that allocation and segregation are connected; in districts with a higher degree of initial teacher segregation, a lower share of schools met pupil-teacher norms imposed by the Right to Education Act (2009).
Subjects: 
teachers
public service delivery
segregation
caste
India
right to education
JEL: 
H75
I24
J45
M54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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