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Nathalie Lahire

World Bank
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April 2015Decentralizing Education Resources: School Grants in Senegal
with Pedro Carneiro, Oswald Koussihouèdé, Costas Meghir, Corina Mommaerts: w21063
The impact of school resources on the quality of education in developing countries may depend crucially on whether resources are targeted efficiently. In this paper we use a randomized experiment to analyze the impact of a school grants program in Senegal, which decentralized a portion of the country’s education budget. We find large positive effects on test scores at younger grades that persist at least two years. We show that these effects are concentrated among schools that focused funds on human resources improvements rather than school materials, suggesting that teachers and principals may be a central determinant of school quality.

Published: Pedro Carneiro, Oswald Koussihouèdé, Nathalie Lahire, Costas Meghir, Corina Mommaerts “School Grants and Education Quality: Experimental Evidence from Senegal,” Economica Volume 87, Issue 345, January 2020, Pages 28-51

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