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More time is better : an evaluation of the fulltime school program in Uruguay

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  • Cerdan-Infantes, Pedro
  • Vermeersch, Christel

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This paper estimates the impact of the full-time school program in Uruguay on standardized test scores of 6th grade students. The program lengthened the school day from a half day to a full day, and provided additional inputs to schools to make this possible, such as additional teachers and construction of classrooms. The program was not randomly placed, but targeted poor urban schools. Using propensity score matching, the authors construct a comparable group of schools, and show that students in very disadvantaged schools improved in their test scores by 0.07 of a standard deviation per year of participation in the full-time program in mathematics, and 0.04 in language. While the program is expensive, it may, if well targeted, help address inequalities in education in Uruguay, at an increase in cost per student not larger than the current deficit in spending between Uruguay and the rest of the region.

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  • Cerdan-Infantes, Pedro & Vermeersch, Christel, 2007. "More time is better : an evaluation of the fulltime school program in Uruguay," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4167, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4167
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    1. World Bank, 2010. "Uruguay - Equality of Opportunity : Achievements and Challenges," World Bank Other Operational Studies 2985, The World Bank.
    2. Almeida,Rita Kullberg & Bresolin,Antonio & Pugialli Da Silva Borges,Bruna & Mendes,Karen & Menezes Filho,Naercio, 2016. "Assessing the impacts of Mais Educacao on educational outcomes : evidence between 2007 and 2011," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7644, The World Bank.
    3. Juliana Maria Aquino & Pedro Oliveira & Elaine Pazello, 2015. "School day lengthening and educational performance: an assessment of "Mais Educação” Program in midwestern Brazil," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 10,in: Marta Rahona López & Jennifer Graves (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 10, edition 1, volume 10, chapter 20, pages 395-412 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.
    4. Cabrera Hernández, Francisco-Javier, 2016. "Essays on the impact evaluation of education policies in Mexico," Economics PhD Theses 0316, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.
    5. Francisco Cabrera-Hernandez, 2015. "Does lengthening the school day increase students’ academic achievement? Evidence from a natural experiment," Working Paper Series 7415, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.

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    Keywords

    Tertiary Education; Education For All; Teaching and Learning; Primary Education; Secondary Education;

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