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Educational, Labor Market, and Fiscal Impacts of Scholarships for Private Secondary School: Evidence from Colombia

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dc.description.abstract A large-scale government program in Colombia used lotteries to distribute scholarships for private secondary school among socially disadvantaged students. Using administrative data to track students for the seventeen years after the scholarship lottery, we document that lottery winners are more likely to graduate from secondary school, less likely to repeat grades and hence graduate earlier, and are more likely to start and complete tertiary education. Total formal sector earnings and payroll taxes at age 30 are at least 8 percent greater for lottery winners. Scholarships reduce teen fertility but do not affect overall fertility. Preliminary estimates suggest that the program had a negative net fiscal cost, because it increased the net present value of tax receipts minus other government expenditure by more than the cost of the program. en
dc.title Educational, Labor Market, and Fiscal Impacts of Scholarships for Private Secondary School: Evidence from Colombia en
dc.contributor.author Bettinger, Eric
dc.contributor.author Kremer, Michael
dc.contributor.author Kugler, Maurice
dc.contributor.author Medina, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Posso, Christian
dc.contributor.author Saavedra, Juan Esteban
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-03T20:09:06Z
dc.date.available 2016-03-03T20:09:06Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-03
dc.identifier.uri http://lacer.lacea.org/handle/123456789/58513
lacea.language.supported en
dc.description Working Paper
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Labor Market
dc.subject Scholarships
dc.subject Private Secondary School
dc.subject Colombia
dc.type Working Paper


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