School Management in Developing Countries

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Sebastian Galiani

University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Ricardo Perez-Truglia

University of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 14, 2011

Abstract

We review the empirical evaluation of three school-management interventions: school decentralization, tracking and contract teachers. We provide stylized models to organize the discussion of the results. We look at the average and distributional effects of the policies and stress the possible importance of complementary interventions aimed at reducing inequality when the programs are cost-effective but engender greater benefits to the best students. We compare the results across non-experimental, quasi-experimental and experimental studies, and argue, not surprisingly, that a solid identification strategy is critical to getting the policy recommendations right. Finally, we identify some problems that future research should address.

Keywords: Education, school management, decentralization, tracking, contract teachers

JEL Classification: H00

Suggested Citation

Galiani, Sebastian and Perez-Truglia, Ricardo, School Management in Developing Countries (August 14, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1972459 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1972459

Sebastian Galiani (Contact Author)

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Ricardo Perez-Truglia

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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