The impact of private provision of public education: Empirical evidence from Bogota's concession schools
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CitationBarrera-Osorio, Felipe. 2006. The impact of private provision of public education: Empirical evidence from Bogota's concession schools World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 4121.
AbstractIn 1999, the city of Bogotá, Colombia launched the Concession School program designed to
broaden the coverage and quality of basic education. It consists of a contract between a group of private
schools and the public educational system such that private agents provide education for low-income
students. This paper tests three main hypotheses concerning the impact of concessions on the quality of
education: first, dropout rates are lower in concession schools than in similar public schools; second,
other public schools nearby the concession schools have lower dropout rates in comparison with other
public schools outside the area of influence; third, test scores from concession schools are higher than
scores in similar public schools. The paper presents evidence in favor of the three hypotheses, using
propensity score and matching estimators.
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