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The Contrasting Role of Ability and Poverty on Education Attainment: Evidence From Indonesia

Daniel Suryadarma, Daniel Suryadarma, Asep Suryahadi, Asep Suryahadi
Published November 2009

Abstract

This study measures the relative role of poverty and scholastic ability on education attainment in developing countries, where a substantial portion of the population still live in poverty and poor people are markedly credit constrained. different from most studies in developing countries, this paper uses a multiple-wave and long-spanning panel dataset that follows a cohort of children beginning from primary school until they are well over schooling age. we find that poverty has a statistically-significant and negative effect on junior high attainment, while it has a negligible effect on senior high completion. in contrast, scholastic ability plays no role in ensuring junior high completion but is crucial in increasing a child's chance to graduate from senior high school. in addition, we find that high- and low-ability poor children have a similarly low chance of finishing junior high school. based on our findings, we formulate several policy recommendations to increase education attainment. keywords: poverty, scholastic ability, education, Indonesia jel classifications: i21, 015

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