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Expanding School Enrollment by Subsidizing Private Schools: Lessons from Bogotá

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  • Claudia Uribe
  • Richard J. Murnane
  • John B. Willett
  • Marie Andrée Somers

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Many countries use tax revenues to subsidize private schools. Whether these policies meet social objectives depends, in part, on the relative quality of education provided by the two types of schools. We use data on elementary school students and their teachers in Bogotá, Colombia to examine difference in resource mixes and differences in the relative effectiveness of public and private schools. We find that, on average, the schools in the two sectors are equally effective. However, they produce education using very different resource combinations. Moreover, there are large differences in the effectiveness of schools in both sectors, especially in the private sector. The results of our analysis shed light on the quantity-quality tradeoff that governments in many developing countries face in deciding how to use scarce educational resources.

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  • Claudia Uribe & Richard J. Murnane & John B. Willett & Marie Andrée Somers, 2005. "Expanding School Enrollment by Subsidizing Private Schools: Lessons from Bogotá," NBER Working Papers 11670, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. 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.
    2. Paul Rodríguez-Lesmes & José D. Trujillo & Daniel Valderrama, 2015. "Are Public Libraries Improving Quality of Education? When the Provision of Public Goods is not Enough," Revista Desarrollo y Sociedad, Universidad de los Andes - CEDE, December.

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