The Economics of Elementary Education in India

The Economics of Elementary Education in India

The Challenge of Public Finance, Private Provision, and Household Costs

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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.

This volume examines key aspects of the elementary education system, with a focus on issues related to cost and financing in the poorer and educationally backward states of India.

Taken together, the original content of this book provides:

- a systematic analysis of the pattern of public spending in education at the

state level;

- a comparison of government schools with private schools in each of the states studied to establish how the private sector has grown to take over the work of government agencies, particularly in the poorer states;

- revealing statistics based on a recent state-level survey of various aspects of elementary education.

The findings are used by the contributors as a jump-off point for analyzing recent changes in access, quality and retention in elementary schools, with regard to the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.

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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 (

Publisher: New Delhi ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2006
ISBN: 9788132103639
Characteristics: 1 online resource (328 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Mehrotra, Santosh K.


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