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Decentralization’s effects on educational outcomes in Bolivia and Colombia

Faguet, Jean-Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-7188-0098 and Sanchez, Fabio (2006) Decentralization’s effects on educational outcomes in Bolivia and Colombia. DEDPS working papers (47). Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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The effects of decentralization on public sector outputs is much debated but little agreed upon. This paper compares the remarkable case of Bolivia with the more complex case of Colombia to explore decentralization’s effects on public education outcomes. In Colombia, decentralization of education finance improved enrollment rates in public schools. In Bolivia, decentralization made government more responsive by re-directing public investment to areas of greatest need. In both countries, investment shifted from infrastructure to primary social services. In both, it was the behavior of smaller, poorer, more rural municipalities that drove these changes.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 London School of Economics and Political Science.
Divisions: STICERD
International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H0 - General
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:04

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