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Submitted by Roger Grawe on

Interesting finding and an important line of enquiry; but doesn't alter the potential value of introducing free education unless bribes increase in line with the reduction in tuition and negate the enrollment effect from the reduction or elimination of tuition. The generality of the title is eye-catching but the results are also likely to be very dependent on the local context. Even if there were no bribes it has long been well-known that the informal costs associated with children attending school (uniforms, books and supplies, foregone household labor, etc) will disproportionately affect the poor; but the emphasis that this research brings to improving governance is certainly welcome.