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9 August 2019: What drives literacy in villages without schools?: A study of Indian Villages

Sandhya Garg and Sanjukta Das
National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)

A rise in the share of villages with primary school from 72% in 1991 to 83% in 2011 indicates improvement in access to schools in rural India. Using village-level geocoded data and panel data of 2001 and 2011 census rounds, we study that how the literacy rate of villages (without school) is effected by the presence of primary schools in their neighbourhood under the anticipation that people would be accessing neighbouring schools. We find that the presence of schools in the nearer neighbourhood has positive impact on overall, male and female literacy of villages without schools. Impact is higher for female literacy. The road connectivity of primary schools matters even more. It has important policy implications for countries with larger gap in access to primary schools. Our results indicate that one of the primary challenges facing the governments is to establish facilities that complement the functioning of schools, like roads.

Date: August 9, 2019
Time: 05:00 P.M.

Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)


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