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dc.contributor.authorRomero, Mauricio
dc.contributor.authorSandefur, Justin
dc.contributor.authorSandholtz, Wayne Aaron
dc.identifier.citationRomero, Mauricio, Justin Sandefur, and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz. 2020. "Outsourcing Education: Experimental Evidence from Liberia." American Economic Review, 110 (2): 364-400. DOI: 10.1257/aer.20181478
dc.description.abstractIn 2016, the Liberian government delegated management of 93 randomly selected public schools to private providers. Providers received US$50 per pupil, on top of US$50 per pupil annual expenditure in control schools. After one academic year, students in outsourced schools scored 0.18σ higher in English and mathematics. We do not find heterogeneity in learning gains or enrollment by student characteristics, but there is significant heterogeneity across providers. While outsourcing appears to be a cost-effective way to use new resources to improve test scores, some providers engaged in unforeseen and potentially harmful behavior, complicating any assessment of welfare gains.
dc.publisherAmerican Economic Association
dc.titleOutsourcing Education: Experimental Evidence from Liberia
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