Infrastructure Choices in Education: Location, Build or Repair
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to develop a model to arrive at a joint optimizing strategy for the use of a given capital budget for the construction of new school buildings and for the repair of the already existing schools. This is to be done in a way that will have the maximum positive impact on the enhancement of the education system. Cost effectiveness analysis is used as the main analytical tool in the analysis. A key factor of the model is that it gives one the optimal mix of repair versus new construction that should be undertaken under a fixed budget constraint. The model is simulated using a sample data set from the information available for the education sector of Limpopo Province, South Africa. It utilizes a very basic set of information that is available in all school districts across the province. Application of this model for the selection of infrastructure investments (either building or repair) in the education sector would increase the efficiency of capital expenditure in this sector. This is particularly the case for the countries that are faced with a large excess demand for school buildings.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by JDI Executive Programs in its series Development Discussion Papers with number 2009-02.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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education; cost effectiveness; school location; school construction; school repair; South Africa;
Other versions of this item:
- Armin Zeinali & Glenn P. Jenkins & Andrey Klevchuk, 2009. "Infrastructure Choices in Education: Location, Build or Repair," Working Papers 1204, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
- D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
- I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
- H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
- H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AFR-2009-05-02 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2009-05-02 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2009-05-02 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2009-05-02 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-URE-2009-05-02 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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- Glenn Jenkins & Chun-Yan Kuo & Arnold C. Harberger, 2011. "Cost-Benefit Analysis for Investment Decisions: Chapter 15 (Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Utility Analysis)," Development Discussion Papers 2011-15, JDI Executive Programs.
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