Can Outsourcing Improve Liberia's Schools? Preliminary Results from Year One of a Three-Year Randomized Evaluation of Partnership Schools for Liberia

59 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2017

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Mauricio Romero

ITAM, Centro de Investigación Económica

Justin Sandefur

Center for Global Development

Wayne Sandholtz

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: September 7, 2017

Abstract

After one year, public schools managed by private contractors in Liberia raised student learning by 60 percent, compared to standard public schools. But costs were high, performance varied across contractors, and contracts authorized the largest contractor to push excess pupils and underperforming teachers onto other government schools.

Keywords: public-private partnership, randomized controlled trial, school management

JEL Classification: I25, I28, C93, L32, L33

Suggested Citation

Romero, Mauricio and Sandefur, Justin and Sandholtz, Wayne, Can Outsourcing Improve Liberia's Schools? Preliminary Results from Year One of a Three-Year Randomized Evaluation of Partnership Schools for Liberia (September 7, 2017). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 462. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3062941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3062941

Mauricio Romero

ITAM, Centro de Investigación Económica ( email )

Camino a Santa Teresa No. 930
Col. Héroes de Padierna
Ciudad de México
Mexico

Justin Sandefur (Contact Author)

Center for Global Development ( email )

2055 L St. NW
5th floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Wayne Sandholtz

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0502
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112
United States

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