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    The Effect of Nonpersonnel Resources on Educational Outcomes: Evidence from South Africa

    Pellicer, Miquel and Piraino, Patrizio (2019) The Effect of Nonpersonnel Resources on Educational Outcomes: Evidence from South Africa. Economic Development and Cultural Change (EDCC), 67 (4). pp. 907-934. ISSN 0013-0079

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    Little credible evidence exists on the effect of material resources on school quality in developing countries. This paper studies the impact of non-personnel funding on educational outcomes exploiting the peculiar way in which these resources are allocated in South Africa. Government funding follows quintiles constructed on the basis of school poverty scores. This creates discrete jumps in the allocation of funding and we use a regression discontinuity approach to analyze its effects on school outcomes at the end of high school. Our results show a small but positive effect of resources on student throughput during the last years of high school, and on the number of students writing the matriculation exam. However, additional resources do not translate into a higher number of successful exams, leading to an overall negative effect on pass rates. We suggest that these findings may have to do with schools reacting to the per-pupil nature of funding

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite this working paper as Pellicer, M., Piraino, P. (2015). The effect of non-personnel resources on educational outcomes: Evidence from South Africa. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 144. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town. The published version of the is article is available at: The Effect of Nonpersonnel Resources on Educational Outcomes: Evidence from South Africa. Miquel Pellicer and Patrizio Piraino, Economic Development and Cultural Change 2019 67:4, 907-934. Funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme through the NOPOOR project: “Enhancing knowledge for renewed policies against poverty”.
    Keywords: Effect; Nonpersonnel Resources; Educational Outcomes; Evidence; South Africa;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 13666
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    Depositing User: Miquel Pellicer
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2020 17:08
    Journal or Publication Title: Economic Development and Cultural Change (EDCC)
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: EU’s Seventh Framework Programme
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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