ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Variation in Private School Performance

Using Annual Status of Education Report 2009 data, this paper investigates the linkage between private school performance and the context within which these schools operate. The results from this study indicate that the "positive private effect" or the private-public performance gap does vary based on the village context. The private school advantage is reduced in villages with a strong government presence. This government presence in the data is reflected in the provision of various government services, the presence of physical infrastructure, and a robust governmentfunded and government-supported primary, middle and secondary education system. Public and private schools are not established and do not operate in a vacuum. Public schools may respond to private competition, or they may simply respond to greater government support. Private schools similarly also respond to the presence of robust government-funded services and infrastructure.

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