Monday, February 25, 2013

28 February 2013: Common Tongue: The Impact of Language on Educational Outcomes

Tarun Jain
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

This paper investigates the impact of official language policies on educational outcomes using state formation in India. Colonial-era province formation led to the assignment of some districts where the district’s language was the same as the official language of the province and some where it was not. The difference in educational achievement is large between these two areas. Linguistically mismatched districts have 18.8% lower literacy rates and 27.6% lower college graduation rates in post-colonial census. The paper uses the 1956 reorganization of Indian states on linguistic lines as a natural experiment to estimate the impact of changing the official language on educational outcomes. Historically mismatched districts experience greater growth in educational achievement after reorganization relative to districts that spoke the official language before 1956. These results suggest that political reorganisation can mitigate the impact of mismatched language policies.

Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 03:00 P.M.

Seminar Room (First Floor)
Department of Economics,
Delhi School of Economics,
New Delhi-110007(INDIA)


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