The Efficiency of Education Expenditure in Latin America and Lessons for Colombia

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Departamento Nacional de Planeación de Colombia
Available from: 
January 2014
Paper author(s): 
Andrés Felipe Salazar Cuellar
Education - Health

This paper appraises quantitatively the efficiency of public expenditure of 15 Latin American countries using cross-country data for averages between 2000 and 2009. For this purpose two non-parametric methods are used: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Free Disposal Hull (FDH). Selected output indicators in primary and secondary school are evaluated respect to public spending in education per student. As a study case, Colombia's efficiency scores are compared with the most efficient peers in each of the educational levels to identify best practices and achieve better results.


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