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Impact Evaluation of a Privately Managed Tuition-Free Middle school in a Poor Neighborhood in Montevideo

Cid, Alejandro and Balsa, Ana (2012): Impact Evaluation of a Privately Managed Tuition-Free Middle school in a Poor Neighborhood in Montevideo.

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Abstract

Using a randomized trial, we evaluate the impact of a free privately-managed middle school in a poor neighborhood. The research compares over time adolescents randomly selected to enter Liceo-Jubilar and those that were not drawn in the lottery. Besides positive impacts on expectations, we find better educational outcomes in the treatment group relative to control subjects. The features of Liceo-Jubilar -autonomy of management, capacity for innovation, and adaptation to the context- contrast with the Uruguayan highly centralized and inflexible public education system. Our results shed light on new approaches to education that may contribute to improve opportunities for disadvantaged adolescents in developing countries. Unlike the experiences of charter schools in developed countries, Liceo-Jubilar does not have autonomy regarding the formal school curricula nor depends on public funding by any means.

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