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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 6 No. 2 (April 2014)

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Improving Educational Quality through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia

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Pradhan, Menno, Daniel Suryadarma, Amanda Beatty, Maisy Wong, Arya Gaduh, Armida Alisjahbana, and Rima Prama Artha. 2014. "Improving Educational Quality through Enhancing Community Participation: Results from a Randomized Field Experiment in Indonesia." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6(2): 105-26.

DOI: 10.1257/app.6.2.105

Abstract

Education ministries worldwide have promoted community engagement through school committees. This paper presents results from a large field experiment testing alternative approaches to strengthen school committees in public schools in Indonesia. Two novel treatments focus on institutional reforms. First, some schools were randomly assigned to implement elections of school committee members. Another treatment facilitated joint planning meetings between the school committee and the village council (linkage). Two more common treatments, grants and training, provided resources to existing school committees. We find that institutional reforms, in particular linkage and elections combined with linkage, are most cost-effective at improving learning.

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Pradhan, Menno (U Amsterdam and VU U, Amsterdam)
Suryadarma, Daniel (Arndt-Corden Dept. of Economics)
Beatty, Amanda (Mathematica Policy Research)
Wong, Maisy (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
Gaduh, Arya (Department of Economics, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas)
Alisjahbana, Armida (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jl)
Artha, Rima Prama (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Jl)

JEL Classifications

H52: National Government Expenditures and Education
I21: Analysis of Education
I25: Education and Economic Development
I28: Education: Government Policy
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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