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School Vouchers, Labor Markets and Vocational Education

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  • Bettinger, Eric
  • Kremer, Michael
  • Kugler, Maurice
  • Medina-Durango, Carlos Alberto
  • Posso-Suárez, Christian Manuel
  • Saavedra, Juan Esteban

Abstract

We provide evidence on the long-run impact of vouchers for private secondary schools, evidence collected twenty years after students applied for the vouchers. Prior to the voucher lottery, students applied to either an academic or vocational secondary school, an important mediating factor in the vouchers’ impacts. We find strong tertiary education and labor market effects for those students who applied to vocational schools with almost no impact on those who applied to academic schools. The labor market gains for vocational students are strongest at the top of the distribution and null at the bottom of the distribution. We find additional long-run impacts on consumption, and teen-age fertility. The expected net present value of benefits to participants and to taxpayers was large and positive implying that the program was welfare improving unless net externalities were large and negative.

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  • Bettinger, Eric & Kremer, Michael & Kugler, Maurice & Medina-Durango, Carlos Alberto & Posso-Suárez, Christian Manuel & Saavedra, Juan Esteban, 2019. "School Vouchers, Labor Markets and Vocational Education," Working papers 14, Red Investigadores de Economía.
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    Keywords

    School choice; Scholarships; Formal earnings; Access to higher education; Access to consumer credit; Fertility;
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    JEL classification:

    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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