Schooling and educational attainment: evidence from Bangladesh

Vol: 
2001/07
Author name: 
Pushkar Maitra
Year: 
2001
Abstract: 

Education and human capital accumulation are essential components of eco-nomic development. This paper attempts to identify some of the individual andhousehold level characteristics that affect the demand for schooling in Bangladesh.We examine (1) current enrolment status of children aged6−12and (2) thehighest grade attained for children aged13−24.Thefirst is estimated using astandard probit model and the second using a censored ordered probit model.Estimation results show that there is no gender differential in current enrolmentstatus but grade attainment is higher by girls, relative to boys. Increases inthe permanent income of the household is always associated with an increase ineducational attainment. Parental education generally has a positive and statis-tically significant effect on the educational attainment of children and motheríseducation has a stronger effect on both school enrolment and grade attainmentof children compared to fatherís education.

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