Husain, Zakir (2010): Gender disparities in completing school education in India: Analyzing regional variations.
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Is gender disparity greater in North India? This paper seeks to answer this question by examining gender differences in probability of completing school education across regions in India. A Gender Disparity Index is calculated using National Sample Survey Organization unit level data from the 61st Round and regional variations in this index analyzed to examine the hypothesis that gender disparity is greater in the North, comparative to the rest of India. This is followed by an econometric exercise using a logit model to confirm the results of the descriptive analysis after controlling for socio-economic correlates of completing school education. Finally, the Fairlie decomposition method is used to estimate the contribution of explanatory variables in explaining differences in probabilities of completing schooling across regions. The results reveal that gender disparities are greater in North India, for total and rural population, and in Eastern India, for urban population. However, the ‘residual effect’ after accounting for effect of explanatory variables - often referred to as ‘discrimination effect’, as opposed to disparity – is higher in Eastern India, irrespective of the place of residence.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Gender disparities in completing school education in India: Analyzing regional variations|
|Keywords:||discrimination; disparity; gender; Oaxaca decomposition; school education; India|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Institutions > I20 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models ; Multiple Variables > C35 - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models ; Discrete Regressors ; Proportions
|Depositing User:||Zakir Husain|
|Date Deposited:||11. Oct 2010 02:49|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 23:20|
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