Targeting High School Scholarships to the Poor: The Impact of a Program in Mexico

30 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2019

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Rafael De Hoyos

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Economics and Politics

Orazio Attanasio

University College London - Department of Economics; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Costas Meghir

Yale University; Yale University - Cowles Foundation; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 2019

Abstract

This paper uses an RCT to estimate the impact of PROBEMS, a scholarship program in Mexico aimed at improving graduation rates and test scores among upper secondary school students from poor backgrounds. We find that, on average, the program has no impact either on graduation rates or on Math and Spanish test scores. We identify two possible reasons for this failure: a. the program was badly targeted, with many of the recipients being from less disadvantaged families than intended; b) many eligible students did not have a sufficiently strong academic achievement that would allow them to productively attend and complete successfully the academic requirements of upper secondary school. This points to accumulated achievement deficits that could be addressed by interventions targeting learning at an earlier stage.

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Suggested Citation

De Hoyos, Rafael and Attanasio, Orazio and Meghir, Costas, Targeting High School Scholarships to the Poor: The Impact of a Program in Mexico (June 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26023. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3412697

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