The Economics of Elementary Education in India
The Challenge of Public Finance, Private Provision, and Household CostseBook - 2006
This volume examines key aspects of the elementary education system in the poorer and educationally backward states of India. Providing the first state by state analysis of major cost and financing issues, the book is based on data gathered from one of the most comprehensive surveys conducted in recent times, which was specifically commissioned for this book. In a country where administrative records-concerning enrolment, drop-out, retention and repetition-are unreliable as a source of data, surveys and analyses of the type reported in this volume help policy-makers and scholars get a better picture of the ground realities.
Drawing upon the results of a recent large-scale survey, this volume considers various economic aspects of the elementary education system in seven of India's poorest and most educationally backward states. Following a general introduction, essays by leading scholars in educational finance analyze data for each of the states in turn, scrutinizing patterns of public spending and comparing government schools with private institutions. Editor Mehrotra is Regional Economic Adviser at UNDP Regional Center for Asia in Bangkok. The volume is not indexed. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)