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Enrolment, Dropout and Grade Completion of Girl Children in West Bengal

Piyali Sengupta and Jaba Guha
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 37, No. 17 (Apr. 27 - May 3, 2002), pp. 1621-1637
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4412040
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Enrolment, Dropout and Grade Completion of Girl Children in West Bengal
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Abstract

This paper studies the impact of household demand factors on the school participation and performance in four villages and two urban wards of West Bengal. The aim of the study was to assess the relative importance of these factors on the schooling choices made for girl children. The results indicated that some of the strongest enabling factors with regard to girls' school participation and grade attainment were household resource factors such as parental, especially maternal schooling, father's occupation, and family income. Urban residence, as expected, had a strong positive association, and significant cohort effects were observed with regard to the schooling outcomes. A girl child's labour force participation significantly reduced the demand for schooling, and the amount of schooling obtained. Religion and caste factors emerged as important determinants of schooling, as well.

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