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Ethnic favouritism in Kenyan education reconsidered: when a picture is worth more than a thousand regressions

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Does a leader's ethnicity affect the regional distribution of basic services such as education in Africa? Several influential studies have argued in the affirmative, by using educational attainment levels to show that children who share the ethnicity of the president during their school-aged years have higher attainment than their peers. In this paper we revisit this empirical evidence and show that it rests on problematic assumptions. Some models commonly used to test for favouritism do not ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1017/S0022278X20000257

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-9840-4729
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Journal of Modern African Studies More from this journal
Volume:
58
Issue:
3
Pages:
425-460
Publication date:
2020-11-20
Acceptance date:
2020-03-10
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EISSN:
1469-7777
ISSN:
0022-278X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1099936
Local pid:
pubs:1099936
Deposit date:
2020-04-13

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