Decentralizations Effects on Educational Outcomes in Bolivia and Colombia

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Jean-Paul Faguet

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Fabio Sanchez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Faguet, Jean-Paul and Sanchez, Fabio, Decentralizations Effects on Educational Outcomes in Bolivia and Colombia (March 2006). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. DEDPS47, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1127016

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Fabio Sanchez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

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