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Long-Term Consequences of Secondary School Vouchers: Evidence from Administrative Records in Colombia

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  • Joshua Angrist
  • Eric Bettinger
  • Michael Kremer

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Colombia's PACES program provided over 125,000 poor children with vouchers that covered half the cost of private secondary school. The vouchers were renewable annually conditional on adequate academic progress. Since many vouchers were assigned by lottery, program effects can reliably be assessed by comparing lottery winners and losers. Estimates using administrative records suggest the PACES program increased secondary school completion rates by 15-20 percent. Correcting for the greater percentage of lottery winners taking college admissions tests, the program increased test scores by two-tenths of a standard deviation in the distribution of potential test scores. Boys, who have lower scores than girls in this population, show larger test score gains, especially in math.

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Publication status: published as Angrist, Joshua, Eric Bettinger and Michael Kremer. "Long-Term Educational Consequences Of Secondary School Vouchers: Evidence From Administrative Records In Colombia," American Economic Review, 2006, v96(3,Jun), 847-862.
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