The Performance of Decentralized School Systems: Evidence from Fe Y Alegría in Venezuela

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Hunt V. Allcott

Harvard University - Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Ortega

Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)

Date Written: March 1, 2009

Abstract

This program evaluation estimates the effects on standardized test scores of graduating from the Fe y Alegría private school system in Venezuela. The authors find an Average Treatment Effect on the order of 0.1 standard deviations (approximately 16 percent of the average score), using a control group of public school students. These effects are significantly larger for households at the bottom of the distribution, and smaller for those at the top. The authors posit that the better performance of the Fe y Alegría system stems from their labor contract flexibility and decentralized administrative structure.

Keywords: Tertiary Education, Education For All, Secondary Education, Primary Education, Teaching and Learning

Suggested Citation

Allcott, Hunt V. and Ortega, Daniel, The Performance of Decentralized School Systems: Evidence from Fe Y Alegría in Venezuela (March 1, 2009). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4879, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1372956

Hunt V. Allcott (Contact Author)

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Daniel Ortega

Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) ( email )

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San Bernardo 1010, Caracas, Córdoba 14004
Venezuela

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