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dc.contributor.authorMoore, Lauren Kelly
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-03T20:54:37Z
dc.date.available2010-09-03T20:54:37Z
dc.date.issued2010-09-03
dc.date.submittedJuly 2010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/11092
dc.description.abstractWhile the literature discussing public funding of education and the associated costs is extensive, studies that examine household, or private, costs for education are scarce. I use data from the 2005 Mexican Family Life Survey first to examine the nature of these private costs for Mexican families and second to determine to what extent direct schooling costs incurred by households are significant factors in enrollment decisions for primary and secondary school students. I find that, while small, direct costs are consistently significant determinants of school enrollment. Students age 13 to 15 are more sensitive to these direct costs than are their younger peers. Other opportunity cost and household factors, such as child employment and parents’ education level, are also statistically significant determinants of enrollment. Given the significance of direct costs on enrollment decisions, I examine one of Mexico’s public education programs, its National Free Textbook Commission (CONALITEG), in order to determine if it is a sound use of public funds. Using a cost-benefit analysis, I conclude that CONALITEG is in fact a good use of funds that targets a demonstrable obstacle to school enrollment.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectMexicoen_US
dc.subjectprimary educationen_US
dc.subjectsecondary educationen_US
dc.subjectprivate costsen_US
dc.subjectenrollmenten_US
dc.subjecttextbooksen_US
dc.subject.lcshSchool enrollment--Mexico--Economic aspects
dc.subject.lcshEducation and state--Mexico
dc.subject.lcshCost and standard of living--Mexico
dc.titleSchooling in Mexico: An Evaluation of Private Costs as a Determinant of Household Demand for Education, and the Benefits of a Free Textbook Programen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeEconomicsen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Economicsen_US
dc.description.advisorBinder, Melissa
dc.description.committee-memberKrause, Catherine
dc.description.committee-memberCoes, Donald


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