I study the impact of investment in infrastructure of already existing poor schools and increased school based management on learning outcomes, as measured by student achievement in standardized tests. To that end, I implement a difference-in-differences design to compare schools that received money from a large government program to improve their physical conditions with those that do not, before and after program implementation. Unlike previous studies, I focus on the effect of improving schools that already exist, to see whether the impact is different from that of building schools. I find no evidence of positive impacts on test scores at the school level, and some evidence of a negative impact for secondary schools.
Noyola Contreras, Carlos Alejandro
"Learning Consequences of School Improvement in Mexico: Evidence from a Large Government Program,"
Undergraduate Economic Review: Vol. 16
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/uer/vol16/iss1/8