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Evaluating the Impact of Public Student Subsidies on Low-Cost Private Schools in Pakistan

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  • Felipe Barrera-Osorio
  • Dhushyanth Raju

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This paper examines the impacts of accountability-based public per-student subsidies provided to low-cost private schools in Punjab, Pakistan on student enrolment and school inputs. Programme entry is contingent on achieving a minimum pass rate on a specially-designed academic test. We use regression discontinuity to estimate impacts on schools that joined the programme in the last entry round (phase 4) before follow-up survey data collection. We find large positive impacts on school enrolment, number of teachers, and other inputs for programme schools near the minimum pass rate.

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  • Felipe Barrera-Osorio & Dhushyanth Raju, 2015. "Evaluating the Impact of Public Student Subsidies on Low-Cost Private Schools in Pakistan," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 51(7), pages 808-825, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:51:y:2015:i:7:p:808-825
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2015.1028535
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    1. Mundle Sudipto, 2018. "Fifty years of Asian experience in the spread of education and healthcare," WIDER Working Paper Series 97, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    2. Barrera-Osorio,Felipe & Blakeslee,David S. & Hoover,Matthew & Linden,Leigh & Raju,Dhushyanth & Ryan,Stephen P., 2017. "Delivering education to the underserved through a public-private partnership program in Pakistan," Policy Research Working Paper Series 8177, The World Bank.

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