Is Private Education Better? Evidence from Chile
AbstractThis paper uses Chile’s voucher system to provide new evidence on whether private schools are more efficient than publicly operated schools. It contributes to the world debate by analyzing a universal voucher system. It contributes to previous Chilean studies by reducing the selection bias and allowing heterogeneous treatment effects. The results suggest that public schools are neither uniformly worse nor better than private schools. Rather, public schools are relatively more effective for students from disadvantaged family backgrounds. Such a system of comparative advantage is consistent with the coexistence of public and private schools in most Chilean communes.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Central Bank of Chile in its series Working Papers Central Bank of Chile with number 147.
Date of creation: Feb 2002
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- NEP-ALL-2002-03-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAM-2002-03-14 (Central & South America)
- NEP-MIC-2002-03-14 (Microeconomics)
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- Andrea Repetto & Alejandra Mizala & Bernardo Lara, 2010.
"The Effectiveness of Private Voucher Education: Evidence from Structural School Switches,"
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104, Society for Economic Dynamics.
- Bernardo Lara & Alejandra Mizala & Andrea Repetto, 2009. "The Effectiveness of Private Voucher Education: Evidence from Structural School Switches," Documentos de Trabajo 263, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
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