Determinants of School Attendance at the Secondary Education in India

9th May 2022

Monday 9 May | 12-1pm

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There is a dearth of literature examining the effect of socioeconomic status (SES) on adolescents’ secondary school attendance determinants in India. In particular, there is barely any evidence on the role of relative SES in secondary education in India, despite a cross-disciplinary body of literature that acknowledges the effect of interpersonal comparisons in our lives. The first aim of this research will therefore be to identify the role of absolute SES on other determinants and study the relationship between absolute and relative SES and secondary school attendance. Secondly, there is a lack of detailed analysis addressing whether the COVID-19 pandemic alters the roles of schooling determinants. Attention will also be paid to how the contribution of SES to other determinants may have changed depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. This study will answer the research questions by implementing pseudo-panel techniques and cross-sectional analysis, utilising data mainly from the Demographic and Health Survey for India.