Access, Sorting and Achievement: the Short-Run Effects of Free Primary Education in Kenya
AbstractWe examine the impact of the Kenyan Free Primary Education program on student participation, sorting, and achievement on the primary school exit examination. Exploiting variation in pre-program dropout rates between districts, we find that the program increased the number of students who completed primary school, spurred private school entry, and increased access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. We argue that the program was welfare enhancing as it promoted educational access without substantially reducing the test scores of students who would have been in school in the absence of the program.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 12-10.
Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Publication status: forthcoming in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
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- Adrienne M. Lucas & Isaac M. Mbiti, 2012. "Access, Sorting, and Achievement: The Short-Run Effects of Free Primary Education in Kenya," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 4(4), pages 226-53, October.
- I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
- H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AFR-2012-09-03 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2012-09-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2012-09-03 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2012-09-03 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-URE-2012-09-03 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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