Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/224823
Authors: 
Faguet, Jean-Paul
Khan, Qaiser
Kanth, Devarakonda Priyanka
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series No. 19-197
Abstract: 
We explore the effects of decentralization on education and health in Ethiopia using an original database covering all of the country's regions and woredas (local governments). Ethiopia is a remarkable case in which war, famine and chaos in the 1970s-80s were followed by federalization, decentralization, rapid growth and dramatic improvements in human development. Did decentralization contribute to these successes? We use time series and panel data analyses to show that decentralization improved net enrollments in primary schools and access to antenatal care for pregnant women. The main channel appears to be institutional, not fiscal. We offer the database as an additional contribution.
Subjects: 
Decentralization
Education
Health
Public investment
Ethiopia
Local government
JEL: 
H41
H75
H77
01
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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