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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-20
The Changing Determinants of Secondary School Enrollment: A Case of Rural Indonesia


In Indonesia, National Education Law No.2 in 1989 declared six years for primary education and three years for secondary education as basic education and this nine-year program was proclaimed as compulsory education in 1994. While the primary school enrollment rate has reached nearly 100% at present, it is often pointed out that the secondary school enrollment rate is still significantly low in general and in rural areas in particular.

This study, thus, attempts to explore factors affecting secondary school enrollment in rural Indonesia. More specifically, we will statistically examine the relative importance of supply-side (school), demand-side (household), and environmental (community) factors in determining secondary school enrollment based on the regression-based decomposition method. Also, we will examine changes in determinants and their relative importance over time, using nationally representative panel data sets from 1993 to 2007. The overall objective of this study is to derive relevant policy implications to promote investment in secondary schooling in rural Indonesia.


2009/4 - 2010/3



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The final result will be submitted to a refereed journal.