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Making Aid Work for Education in Developing Countries: an Analysis of Aid Effectiveness for Primary Education Coverage and Quality

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  • Birchler, Kassandra
  • Michaelowa, Katharina

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This paper examines the effect of education aid on primary enrollment and education quality. Using the most recent data on aid disbursements and econometric specifications inspired by the general aid effectiveness literature, we find some evidence that donors´ increase in funding has substantially contributed to the successful increase in enrollment over the last 15 years. The most robust effect is obtained by aid for education facilities and training. In addition, we find complementarities between aid for primary and secondary education. Our qualitative comparative analysis of education quality also highlights the relevance of a balanced mix of educational expenditures.

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  • Birchler, Kassandra & Michaelowa, Katharina, 2013. "Making Aid Work for Education in Developing Countries: an Analysis of Aid Effectiveness for Primary Education Coverage and Quality," WIDER Working Paper Series 021, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    Economic assistance and foreign aid; Econometric models (Economic development); Education; Expenditures; Public;

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    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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