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Spring 2017


In my research I ask, "What features of education policies are conducive to successful educational outcomes, and what types of policies should be encouraged in developing countries to compliment their development efforts?" Discussions regarding education policy are highly polarized between supply-side and demand-side views. I engage in a comparative case study between three emerging BRICS countries who are dynamic economic and political players in their respective regions-Brazil, India, and South Africa-to analyze the extent to which each country has used supply-side and demand-side education policies and to what extent these policies have been effective. I conclude that either supply-side policies, demand-side policies, or both have the potential to be effective education measures for development, and that the polarized debate within the literature largely misses the point. Instead, I propose that factors relating to policy implementation are likely more important considerations in producing sound education policies.

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May 8 2018 (withdrawn)