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Is there a conflict between commercial gain and concern for the poor? Evidence from private schools for the poor in India and Nigeria

Lookup NU author(s): Professor James Tooley, Professor Pauline Dixon


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In many developing countries, private unaided schools are serving the poor in large numbers. Some commentators view their presence as undesirable - in particular assuming that there is a conflict between 'commercial gain' and 'concern for the poor'. We show one way in which there is no conflict - the private unaided schools offer free or concessionary places to the poorest of the poor. Using data from a random sample of schools in Hyderabad, India, and a smaller sample in Makoko, Nigeria, we show that such places range from 10-20% of all places offered. © Institute of Economic Affairs 2005.

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Author(s): Tooley J, Dixon P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Economic Affairs

Year: 2005

Volume: 25

Issue: 2

Pages: 20-26

ISSN (print): 0265-0665

ISSN (electronic): 1468-0270

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0270.2005.00546.x


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