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Decentralization’s effects on educational outcomes in Bolivia and Colombia

Faguet, Jean-Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-7188-0098 and Sánchez, Fabio (2008) Decentralization’s effects on educational outcomes in Bolivia and Colombia. World Development, 36 (7). pp. 1294-1316. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2007.06.021


The effects of decentralization on public sector outputs are 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. A key innovation of this paper is a methodology for estimating the effects of decentralization in a data-poor environment.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Elsevier
Divisions: STICERD
International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2010 15:56
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2024 07:42

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