Jha, Shashiranjan (2012). "Poor Children, Poor school and Poor educational outcome: Unveiling the Vicious Cycle of Deprivation" Paper presented at the 9th annual conference of the HDCA, 5-7 September 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia.

In the midst of prevailing social inequality, education is one source that may enable poor to avoid the trap of deprivation. However, strength of education as an instrument largely depends on how well its distribution is aimed at reducing social inequalities. Education to reduce social inequality requires first, it should be available to all and second, poor should be compensated by the quality provision for their disadvantages. In reality, these two conditions are not met; even if the general population has access to education they receive differential quality of school. The limited evidences suggest that at large poor quality schools are placed in areas dominated by deprived section of the society. Such placement of school goes against the idea of equality of opportunity and presents the case of double jeopardy for the poor and deprived. In this context, the present research contributes to the existing body of knowledge by presenting the analysis on effect of school entry on educational inequality, inequality in distribution of school resources, and effect of school resources on educational outcome.