School Grants and Education Quality: Experimental Evidence from Senegal

24 Pages Posted: 8 May 2020

See all articles by Oswald Koussihouèdé

Oswald Koussihouèdé

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Nathalie Lahire

World Bank Group

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

Corina Mommaerts

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

The effect of increasing school resources on educational outcomes is a central issue in the debate on improving school quality. In this paper we use a randomized experiment to analyse the impact of a school grants programme in Senegal, which allowed schools to apply for funding for pedagogic improvements of their choice. We find positive effects on test scores at lower grades that persist for at least two years. These effects are concentrated among schools that focused funds on human resources improvements rather than school materials, reinforcing that teachers and principals are a central determinant of school quality.

Suggested Citation

Koussihouèdé, Oswald and Lahire, Nathalie and Meghir, Costas and Mommaerts, Corina, School Grants and Education Quality: Experimental Evidence from Senegal (January 2020). Economica, Vol. 87, Issue 345, pp. 28-51, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3595583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12302

Oswald Koussihouèdé

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Nathalie Lahire

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