The effect of a charter school in Peru (Fe y Alegría) on school achievement: Exploiting a school lottery selection as a natural experiment

P. Lavado, S. Cueto, G. Yamada, M. Wensjoe

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This study estimates the effect of one charter school (a public-private partnership) on mathematics and reading comprehension among second grade students in Peru between 2007 and 2012. The study uses an identification strategy to estimate the causal effect of a charter school. The strategy is based on a natural experiment of an admission lottery to determine which students would be accepted into second grade at the charter school. The results show that the charter school achieved substantial gains in the scores of the lottery winners that are equivalent to 0.4 standard deviations. We also find that this effect has increased over time.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)95-110
Número de páginas16
PublicaciónJournal for Studies in Economics and Econometrics
Volumen43
N.º3
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene. 2019

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Funding Information:
In memoriam Jesus Herrero SJ. This study was possible thanks to the support of the Inter-American Development Bank. The authors are grateful for the generous cooperation of Fe y Alegria Peru, and in particular its Director Javier Quiroz. We also thank the Educational Quality Measurement Unit at the Ministry of Education and its Director, Liliana Miranda, in particular. We also are grateful for the valuable comments by Julian Cristia, an anonymous IDB reviewer, two anonymous reviewers and from the participants at the Peru's Economists Association Conference. Cesar Salinas, Ana Paula Franco, and Jesus Gutierrez gave us valuable support in the statistical analysis, while Varinia Arevalo assisted in data gathering.

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© 2019, Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University. All rights reserved.

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