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What determines religious school choice? Theory and evidence from rural Bangladesh

Asadullah, M. N., Chakrabarti, R. and Chaudhury, N. (2013) What determines religious school choice? Theory and evidence from rural Bangladesh. Bulletin of Economic Research, 67 (2). pp. 186-207. ISSN 1467-8586

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8586.2012.00476.x

Abstract/Summary

This paper looks at the determinants of school selection in rural Bangladesh, focusing on the choice between registered Islamic and non-religious schools. Using a unique dataset on secondary school-age children from rural Bangladesh, we find that madrasah enrolment falls as household income increases. At the same time, more religious households, and those that live further away from a non-religious school are more likely to send their children to madrasahs. However, in contrast to the theory, we find that Islamic school demand does not respond to the average quality of schools in the locality.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:31411
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing

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