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Reaching Health and Education Targets in Argentina: A Provincial Level Analysis


  • Miller, Margaret
  • Jayasuriya, Ruwan
  • White, elisabeth
  • Wodon, Quentin


This chapter analyzes the relevance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Argentina–a middle income country in crisis–as well as prospects for the attainment of the goals. Argentina exhibits many indicators of an advanced developing economy including a high degree of urbanization, low birth rate, high life expectancy and until 2001, one of the highest per capita income levels in the developing world. The selection of Argentina—a relatively affluent developing country—was made in order to better understand how the MDGs, which sometimes are seen as appealing only to the poorest nations, are viewed by middle-income countries. Another reason for the selection of Argentina was to understand the role for long-term goals, like the MDGs, when a country is undergoing a profound crisis. In Argentina, the provinces have primary responsibility for delivering basic services in health and education. Since the decentralization of public services in the mid-1990s, the majority of expenditures on health and education are made at the provincial level and service delivery in these sectors is the responsibility of provincial governments. For these reasons, an analysis of the relevance of the MDGs in Argentina, and prospects for their attainment, must involve both the national and sub-national levels of government.

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  • Miller, Margaret & Jayasuriya, Ruwan & White, elisabeth & Wodon, Quentin, 2003. "Reaching Health and Education Targets in Argentina: A Provincial Level Analysis," MPRA Paper 15418, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:15418

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    1. Ruwan Jayasuriya & Quentin Wodon, 2007. "Efficiency in Improving Health and Education Outcomes: Provincial and State-Level Estimates for Argentina and Mexico," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 22(1), pages 57-97.
    2. Eskeland, Gunnar S. & Filmer, Deon, 2002. "Autonomy, participation, and learning in Argentine schools - findings andtheir implications for decentralization," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2766, The World Bank.
    3. Guillermo Cruces & Quentin Wodon, 2003. "Argentina’s crises and the Poor, 1995-2002," Económica, Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, vol. 0(1-2), pages 55-96, January-D.
    4. Sebastian Galiani & Paul Gertler & Ernesto Schargrodsky, 2005. "Water for Life: The Impact of the Privatization of Water Services on Child Mortality," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 113(1), pages 83-120, February.
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    Argentina; Millennium Development Goals;

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    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies


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