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The impact of private provision of public education : empirical evidence from Bogota's concession schools

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  • Barrera-Osorio, Felipe

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In 1999 the city of Bogota, Colombia launched the concession school program designed to broaden the coverage and quality of basic education. It consists of a contract between a group of private schools and the public educational system such that private agents provide education for low-income students. This paper tests three main hypotheses concerning the impact of concessions on the quality of education: first, dropout rates are lower in concession schools than in similar public schools; second, other public schools nearby the concession schools have lower dropout rates in comparison with other public schools outside the area of influence; and third, test scores from concession schools are higher than scores in similar public schools. The paper presents evidence in favor of the three hypotheses using propensity score and matching estimators.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4121.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4121

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Keywords: Tertiary Education; Education For All; Secondary Education; Primary Education; Teaching and Learning; Economics of Education;

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Cited by:
  1. Alejandro Ome V., 2012. "The Effects of Meritocracy for Teachers in Colombia," INFORMES DE INVESTIGACIÓN 010260, FEDESARROLLO.
  2. Felipe Barrera-Osorio & Darío Maldonado & Catherine Rodríguez, 2012. "Calidad de la Educación Básica y Media en Colombia: Diagnóstico y Propuestas," DOCUMENTOS CEDE 010321, UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE.
  3. World Bank, 2008. "Colombia - The Quality of Education in Colombia : An Analysis and Options for a Policy Agenda," World Bank Other Operational Studies 7875, The World Bank.
  4. World Bank, 2007. "China : Public Services for Building the New Socialist Countryside," World Bank Other Operational Studies 7665, The World Bank.

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