Delivering Education to the Underserved Through a Public-Private Partnership Program in Pakistan

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Felipe Barrera-Osorio

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Education

David S. Blakeslee

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi

Matthew Hoover

Gallup

Leigh L. Linden

The University of Texas at Austin; National Bureau of Economic Research; Jameel Poverty Action Lab; Innovations for Poverty Action; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)

Dhushyanth Raju

World Bank

Stephen Ryan

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School

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Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

We contribute to the school-competition literature by evaluating a program that randomly assigned private schools to underserved villages in Pakistan. Program schools were provided a per-student subsidy to provide tuition-free primary education, with half of the treated villages receiving a higher subsidy for female students. The program increased enrollment by 30 percentage points, and test scores by 0.63 standard deviations. The effects were similar across genders, and across the two subsidy treatments. Program schools were of higher quality than nearby government schools, and a structural model for the supply and demand of school inputs indicates that program schools selected inputs similar to those of a social planner who internalizes all the educational benefits to society.

Suggested Citation

Barrera-Osorio, Felipe and Blakeslee, David S. and Hoover, Matthew and Linden, Leigh L. and Raju, Dhushyanth and Ryan, Stephen, Delivering Education to the Underserved Through a Public-Private Partnership Program in Pakistan (September 2017). NBER Working Paper No. w23870. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3046384

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