Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115503
Authors: 
Bando, Rosangela
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-541
Abstract: 
School-based management programs aim to improve education outcomes by involving parents in allocation decisions about external funds transferred to the school. This paper explores the effects of two school-based management programs on parental investment in schools via voluntary contributions. One program provides both a cash grant and a matching scheme for privately raised funds. Difference-in-differences estimation shows that parents in richer schools increased voluntary contributions by 28 percent, while parents in poorer schools decreased voluntary contributions by 11 percent. This implies that a matching scheme results in higher inequality in resources available to schools. The second program provides only a cash grant to poor schools. Based on a randomized control, estimation shows that parents use 83 percent of the grant to substitute for voluntary contributions. A cash grant alone for poor schools results in an increase in resources available to the school in less than the cash grant transfer.
Subjects: 
Education
investment
parental investment
school based matching
management
school grants
voluntary contributions
JEL: 
D1
H5
I2
O2
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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