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The performance of decentralized school systems : evidence from Fe y Alegría in Venezuela

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  • Allcott, Hunt
  • Ortega, Daniel E.
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    This program evaluation estimates the effects on standardized test scores of graduating from the Fe y Alegría private school system in Venezuela. The authors find an Average Treatment Effect on the order of 0.1 standard deviations (approximately 16 percent of the average score), using a control group of public school students. These effects are significantly larger for households at the bottom of the distribution, and smaller for those at the top. The authors posit that the better performance of the Fe y Alegría system stems from their labor contract flexibility and decentralized administrative structure.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4879.

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    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4879

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

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    1. Backiny-Yetna, Prospere & Wodon, Quentin, 2009. "Comparing the Performance of Faith-Based and Government Schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo," MPRA Paper 16463, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Parra Osorio, Juan Carlos & Wodon, Quentin, 2011. "El desempeño de los estudiantes de secundaria en los colegios de Fe y Alegría en Colombia: una cuestión de Fe y/o Alegría?
      [Academic performance of Fe y Alegria high school students in Colombia
      ," MPRA Paper 28518, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Backiny-Yetna, Prospere & Wodon, Quentin, 2009. "Comparing the Private Cost of Education at Public, Private, and Faith-Based Schools in Cameroon," MPRA Paper 16464, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Felipe Barrera-Osorio & Harry Anthony Patrinos & Quentin Wodon, 2009. "Emerging Evidence on Vouchers and Faith-based Providers in Education : Case Studies from Africa, Latin America, and Asia," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2644, August.
    5. Wodon, Quentin & Ying, Yvonne, 2009. "Literacy and Numeracy in Faith-Based and Government Schools in Sierra Leone," MPRA Paper 16462, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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