Master of Science in Economics

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Economics

Date of Submission



Dr. Qazi Masood Ahmed, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Project Type

MSECO Research Project

Access Type

Restricted Access


This paper aims to study the factors influencing households’ decision to send their girl child to school. There is a consensus among existing research on gender inequality that girls are discriminated against if household income is closer to the poverty line, whether above or below. Gender inequality in education refers to girls being discriminated against in acquiring education with undesirable consequences on their freedom. In recent literature, it is found that mother’s education level, that is the more she is educated and qualified and her active participation in the labour force, have a positive influence in the girl child being enrolled in school. In this study, Binomial Logit Model is used with data from Pakistan Social and Living Standard measurement (PSLM) Survey for the year 2012-13 to conduct econometric analysis on girls belonging to the age group 5-16 years. Thus primary, middle and secondary level schooling determinants are established. It is found in this research that a working mother does not have a positive impact in the decision to enrol girls in school. The PSLM data reveals that a major reason for not enrolling is that either the girls are not willing or the parents are not willing to send their daughters to school.


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