Parental Education as a Criterion for Affirmative Action in Higher Education

40 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2014

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Rakesh Basant

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Gitanjali Sen

Shiv Nadar University

Date Written: July 8, 2014

Abstract

Affirmative action, in the form of reservation policies, to address the issues of inclusion has been in place in India for a long time. While its scope has enlarged with inclusion of new social groups, the efficacy remains a matter of debate. This paper explores if parental education is an appropriate criterion for affirmative action. Empirical results using three rounds of the National Sample Survey data suggest that parental education as a determinant of participation in higher education not only transcends the impact of caste, religious and economic status, it is also very attractive for the ease of implementation.

Keywords: Asia, India, Affirmative Action, Higher Education, Parental Education, Caste

JEL Classification: I2, J2, D63

Suggested Citation

Basant, Rakesh and Sen, Gitanjali, Parental Education as a Criterion for Affirmative Action in Higher Education (July 8, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2536236 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2536236

Rakesh Basant

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad ( email )

Vastrapur
Ahmedabad 380015, Gujarat
India

Gitanjali Sen (Contact Author)

Shiv Nadar University ( email )

NH-91, Village- Chithera, Tehsil-Dadri,
Dist. Gautam Buddha Nagar, UP
Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
India

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