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The regulation of private schools serving low-income families in Hyderabad, India: An Austrian economic perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Pauline Dixon


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It is the intention of government that private schools in Hyderabad are prevented by regulation from exhibiting the basic manifestations of competitive markets - low prices, innovation, good service and so on. However, private schools do, in practice, manifest these features. This paradox is resolved because regulations are not enforced in practice, with the acceptance of bribes by government officials being common. As a result of 'extra-legal' activity, private schools are able to offer a better service to the poor than if regulations had been enforced. © Institute of Economic Affairs 2004.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dixon P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Economic Affairs

Year: 2004

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 31-36

ISSN (print): 0265-0665

ISSN (electronic): 1468-0270

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0270.2004.00512.x


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