Monday, October 7, 2013

8 October 2013: Private vs. Government: New Evidence on School Performance and Implications for India’s Right to Education Act

Karthik Muralidharan
University of California, San Diego, NCAER, NBER and J-PAL  

Karthik will present results from the Andhra Pradesh School Choice Project—one of the most comprehensive research studies conducted on school choice and private schooling globally. Over five years the project provided lottery-based scholarships to economically-disadvantaged students to attend a private school of their choice. The project has yielded rich data on schools, teachers, households, and student performance in private and government schools. Karthik will discuss what these findings mean for the private school Clause 12 of the Right to Education Act that mandates a 25% quota in private schools for economically disadvantaged students.

Among the questions the study seeks to answer:
1) How do private and government schools systematically differ in household inputs, school facilities, teacher characteristics, teacher effort, instructional priorities, and time allocation at home and school?
2) Holding all other factors constant (including family socio-economic characteristics and pre-school and other factors that typically differ between students attending government and private schools), are private schools more or less effective than government schools?
3) How might the intake of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds into private schools under Clause 12 affect students already in these private schools? What will be the spillover effects?
4) How does the impact of attending a private school differ based on a student’s socio-economic background, school characteristics such as the medium of instruction, and market characteristics such as the number of schools and the amount of effective school choice and competition?
5) What are the implications of these findings for implementing Clause 12? How should students be allocated to fill the 25% quota? How should private schools be regulated?

Date: October 8, 2013
Time: 05:30 P.M.

Constitution Club of India,
Rafi Marg,
New Delhi-110001(INDIA)


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Please join us for tea at 5.30pm and thereafter for the Lecture at 6pm. For queries, please contact Sudesh Bala at or on 011-2345-2669

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