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ERIC Number: EJ781076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0272-7757
Student Achievement Conditioned upon School Selection: Religious and Secular Secondary School Quality in Bangladesh
Niaz Asadullah, Mohammad; Chaudhury, Nazmul; Dar, Amit
Economics of Education Review, v26 n6 p648-659 Dec 2007
In this paper we present new evidence on the impact of school characteristics on secondary student achievement using a rich dataset from rural Bangladesh. We deal with a potentially important selectivity issue in the South Asian context: the non-random sorting of children into madrasas (Islamic faith schools). We do so by employing a combination of fixed effects and instrumental variable estimation techniques. Our empirical results do not reveal any difference in test scores between religious and secular schools when selection into secondary school is taken into account. However, we document significant learning deficit by gender and primary school type: girls and graduates of primary madrasas have significantly lower test scores even after controlling for school and classroom-specific unobservable correlates of learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh