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Decentralizing Education Resources: School Grants in Senegal

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  • Costas Meghir

    () (Economics Department, Yale University)

  • Corina Momaerts

    () (Economics Department, Yale University)

  • Pedro Carneiro

    () (University College London)

  • Oswald Koussihouede

    () (University Gaston Berger)

  • Nathalie Lahire

    () (World Bank)

Abstract

The impact of school resources on the quality of education in developing countries may depend crucially on whether resources are targeted efficiently. In this paper we use a randomized experiment to analyze the impact of a school grants program in Senegal, which decentralized a portion of the country's education budget. We find large positive effects on test scores at younger grades that persist at least two years. We show that these effects are concentrated among schools that focused funds on human resources improvements rather than school materials, suggesting the teachers and principals may be a central determinant of school quality.

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  • Costas Meghir & Corina Momaerts & Pedro Carneiro & Oswald Koussihouede & Nathalie Lahire, 2015. "Decentralizing Education Resources: School Grants in Senegal," Working Papers 1047, Economic Growth Center, Yale University.
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    Keywords

    quality of education; decentralization; school resources; child development; clustered randomized control trials;
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    JEL classification:

    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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