Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/98278
Authors: 
Aromolaran, Adebayo B.
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
Center Discussion Paper 849
Abstract: 
In the last two decades, primary and secondary school enrollment rates have declined in Nigeria while enrollment rates in post-secondary school have increased. This paper estimates from the General Household Survey for Nigeria the private returns to schooling associated with levels of educational attainment for wage and self-employed workers. The estimates for both men and women are small at primary and secondary levels, 2 to 4 percent, but are substantial at post-secondary education level, 10-15 percent. These schooling return estimates may account for the recent trends in enrollments. Thus, increasing public investment to encourage increased attendance in basic education is not justifiable on grounds of private efficiency, unless investments to increase school quality have higher private returns. With high private returns to post-secondary schooling, students at this level should pay tuition, to recoup more of the public costs of schooling, which may be redistributed to poor families through scholarships.
Subjects: 
Schooling Investment
Private Wage Returns
Efficiency
Equity
Nigeria
JEL: 
O15
I12
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
118.27 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.