Evaluation of the decentralization of public spending in municipal elementary education system: the case of Sao Paulo

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October 2013
Paper author(s): 
Alexandre Nicolella (University of São Paulo)
Vanderson Rocha (Banco do Brasil)
Walter Belluzzo (University of São Paulo)
Education - Health

This paper evaluates the impact of the program for decentralization of public spending on education implemented by the municipal government of São Paulo, the most populous and the rich in Brazil , on variation of performance achieved by the public schools of basic education in standardized test (Prova Brasil) between 2005 and 2007. Implemented in late 2005, the Programa de Transferência de Renda Financeira (PTRF) has multiple cutting points as the number of enrollment to make the transfers of resources. In a first approach, the averages are calculated varying the note of a fixed amount of schools near the cutoff, and are best observed variations of note, top bands from schools in treatment primarily for the 4th grade. Later, with the Regression Discontinuity Sharp parametric and nonparametric, positive results are obtained for variations of the notes of the Prova Brasil, 4th and 8th grades, where schools are at the beginning of a range of superior treatment program.


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Lacea 2013 annual meeting
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