What Factors Affect Household’s Decision to Send Children to Formal School? The Case of Bangladesh

Ehsanur Rauf Prince


This paper analyzed the factors which affect household’s decision to send children to formal school in Bangladesh. Insight into the factors affecting household’s decision to send children to formal school will help policy-makers to redirect education related strategies and policies in more efficient directions. A total of 5,461 cross-sectional observations from Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (2005) are used to estimate a logistic regression model. Results of the study shows that education level of female member of the household and number of children having chronic illness in household, location of the household and household size have significant affect  on the probability of household’s decision to send children to formal school. One of the major findings of the paper is household’s decision to send children to formal school is income neutral in Bangladesh which reflects the success of the Bangladesh Government’s policy on education over the years. This paper also found that household type i.e. whether a household is agricultural or non agricultural do not affect household’s decision to send children to formal school. The paper ends by making several policy-relevant recommendations.


Factors Affecting Education; Education Policy; Bangladesh; Asia

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