Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=873730
 
 

Citations



 


 



Vouchers for Basic Education in Developing Economies: An Accountability Perspective


Varun Gauri


World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Ayesha Vawda


World Bank


World Bank Research Observer, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 259-280, Fall 2004

Abstract:     
Advocates argue that voucher programs can correct the incentive problems of education systems in developing economies. An accountability perspective, based on a principal-agent framework, was developed to clarify the arguments for and against education vouchers. An assessment of findings on voucher programs in industrial countries and a review of voucher or quasi-voucher experiences in Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Côte d`Ivoire, and the Czech Republic support the usefulness of the analytic framework. The assessment concludes that the policy relevance of voucher programs for developing economies remains uncertain. Major voucher initiatives have been attempted only in countries with a well-developed institutional infrastructure. Some studies find favorable benefits for at least some population groups, but others find limited effects and evidence of increasing social stratification in schools. Whether vouchers lead to better outcomes or greater stratification appears related to specific contexts, institutional variables, and program designs.

Accepted Paper Series


Not Available For Download

Date posted: February 29, 2008  

Suggested Citation

Gauri, Varun and Vawda, Ayesha, Vouchers for Basic Education in Developing Economies: An Accountability Perspective. World Bank Research Observer, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 259-280, Fall 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=873730

Contact Information

Varun Gauri (Contact Author)
World Bank ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
HOME PAGE: http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/vgauri
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Ayesha Vawda
World Bank ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 477

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo6 in 0.296 seconds