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Determinants of Child schooling progress in rural Ethiopia


Despite rapid expansion of primary enrollment in Ethiopia, many children continue to remain behind normal schooling progress. Current national figures indicate that nearly 45% of the children who enroll in grade one drop out from school before completing grade five. In this paper the authors examined the main micro-level determinants of schooling progress of primary school-age (7-14 years old) children using data from rural Ethiopia. Using both demand side and supply side factors, estimation results of the Poisson regression provide various explanations for child education gap. The major demand side factors determining education gap include poverty, parental education, land and non-land asset ownership, village fixed effects and a child's demographic characteristics. On the supply side, differences in the availability of primary and junior schools in the village significantly explain variation in children's primary education achievement. The analysis also shows that the importance of these factors vary between boys and girls. The paper ends by discussing the required government interventions to stimulate child educational progression in rural areas of Ethiopia

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu and Edilegnaw Wale (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: 

Demand for schooling

Secondary Descriptor: 

Human capital

Geographic Descriptors: 
Ethiopia, Rural
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Broad Subject heading: 
Economic development
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2009
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-12-27 23:09:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:02:13
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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