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ERIC Number: ED529784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 62
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Do Public Colleges in Developing Countries Provide Better Education than Private Ones? Evidence from General Education Sector in India. CEE DP 130
Rubinstein, Yona; Sekhri, Sheetal
Centre for the Economics of Education (NJ1)
Public college graduates in many developing countries outperform graduates of private ones on the college exit exams. This has often been attributed to the cutting edge education provided in public colleges. However, public colleges are highly subsidized, suggesting that the private-public education outcome gap might reflect the pre-determined quality of the students who sort into public colleges rather than the causal impact of the public tertiary education on students' outcomes. We evaluate the impact of public colleges using a newly assembled unique data set that links admission data with the educational outcomes on a set of common exit exams in India. Admission to general education public colleges is strictly based on the results of the Senior Secondary School examinations. We exploit this feature in a Regression Discontinuity Design, and find that the public colleges have no added value in the neighborhood of the admission cut off scores. Data appendix and supplemental material appendix are included. (Contains 15 figures, 15 tables and 42 footnotes.) [This report was funded by the PSTC at Brown University.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics & Political Science, Centre for the Economics of Education
Identifiers - Location: India