Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110689
Authors: 
Carneiro, Pedro
Koussihouèdé, Oswald
Lahire, Nathalie
Meghir, Costas
Mommaerts, Corina
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8960
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
quality of education
decentralization
school resources
child development
clustered randomized control trials
JEL: 
H52
I20
I22
I25
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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