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Schooling in Mexico: An Evaluation of Private Costs as a Determinant of Household Demand for Education, and the Benefits of a Free Textbook Program

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Schooling in Mexico: An Evaluation of Private Costs as a Determinant of Household Demand for Education, and the Benefits of a Free Textbook Program

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dc.contributor.author Moore, Lauren Kelly
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-03T20:54:37Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-03T20:54:37Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-03
dc.date.submitted July 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/11092
dc.description.abstract While 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.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Mexico en_US
dc.subject primary education en_US
dc.subject secondary education en_US
dc.subject private costs en_US
dc.subject enrollment en_US
dc.subject textbooks en_US
dc.subject.lcsh School enrollment--Mexico--Economic aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Education and state--Mexico
dc.subject.lcsh Cost and standard of living--Mexico
dc.title Schooling in Mexico: An Evaluation of Private Costs as a Determinant of Household Demand for Education, and the Benefits of a Free Textbook Program en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Economics en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Economics en_US
dc.description.advisor Binder, Melissa
dc.description.committee-member Krause, Catherine
dc.description.committee-member Coes, Donald


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