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Affirmative action, education and gender: Evidence from India
Authors: Guilhem Cassan
Source: Journal of Development Economics, 136: 51-70; DOI: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2018.10.001
Topic(s): Education
Country: Asia
Published: SEP 2018
Abstract: This paper studies the impact of India's affirmative action policies for Scheduled Castes on educational attainment. Using a plausibly exogenous variation, I show that affirmative action increases educational attainment. The main improvements are in literacy and secondary schooling and there is only small evidence of increases in higher education. The benefits are not distributed evenly across genders: only males show an increase in education (in literacy, primary and secondary completion). Individuals at the intersection of discriminated groups (low caste and female) may not be benefiting from these policies.