Are Public Libraries Improving Quality of Education? When the Provision of Public Goods is not Enough

Paul Rodríguez-Lesmes, José D Trujillo, Daniel Valderrama

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We analyze the relation between public, education-related infrastructure and the quality of education in schools using a case-study of the construction and implementation of two large public libraries in low-income areas in Bogotá, Colombia. We assess the impact of these libraries on quality of education by comparing results in national test scores (Saber 11°) for schools close and far from these libraries before (2000-2002) and after (2003-2008) the libraries' opening. We find non-statistically different from zero differences that could be attributed to the libraries' implementation. We also introduce Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition on Difference-in-Differences (DiD) estimates in order to assess if variation of traditional determinants of test scores for mathematics, verbal and science explain the result estimates. These results are robust to alternative specifications of DiD, a synthetic control approach and an alternative measure of distance. (English) [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)225-274
Número de páginas50
PublicaciónDesarrollo y Sociedad
Volumen74
N.º5
EstadoPublished - 2014

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education
mathematics
public education
Colombia
school
low income
infrastructure
library
public
Public libraries
Quality of education
income
decomposition
determinants
science
Test scores
Difference-in-differences
test
Public relations education
Low income

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Are Public Libraries Improving Quality of Education? When the Provision of Public Goods is not Enough. / Rodríguez-Lesmes, Paul; Trujillo, José D; Valderrama, Daniel.

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Resultado de la investigación: Contribución a RevistaArtículo

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