ERIC Number: EJ924194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Gender Disparities in Educational Trajectories in India: Do Females Become More Robust at Higher Levels?
Husain, Zakir; Sarkar, Swagata
Social Indicators Research, v101 n1 p37-56 Mar 2011
Studies on educational attainments have tended to focus on attainments at a specific level of education. The change in disparities in attainment over the educational life cycle, however, has been neglected in literature--in India, for instance, the only exceptions are Vaid (2004) and Desai and Kulkarni (2008). This paper uses unit level National Sample Survey data (2004-2005) to examine gender disparities at different educational levels up to the high school level. Bi-variate analysis of gender disparities computed using the Sopher-Kundu index indicates that although there are substantial gender disparities at lower levels of education, this gets reversed at higher levels in several states. At the all-India level, too, in recent years, a reversal of disparity may be observed in urban areas. Econometric analysis using the variable parameter variant of the generalized ordered logit model reveals that robustness of females increase over the educational life cycle, though disparity remains, after controlling for socio-economic traits.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Educational Attainment, Females, Urban Areas, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: India