Undisclosed Effects of Privatization: School Choice and out of School Educational Investments in Urban Peru

Part of the Young Lives series, this research evaluates the relationship between private school attendance and the time spent by students on educational activities outside of school

Fernando Alarcón and Joan Martínez
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Mon, 14/09/2015 - 12:49
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This study aims to evaluate the relationship between private school’s attendance and student’s allocation of time on educational activities outside school, focusing on student’s learning investments throughout their educational progress. The authors model parent’s consumption decisions and private schooling choice to predict a positive relationship between children’s educational investments at home and parents’ welfare, and employ Young Lives data in the study. Results indicate a positive relationship between private school attendance and educational investments outside school for children aged 8–9 years old at the time of the study; but not for the older cohort of children with 11–12 years old. The authors argue that the relationship dissipates as parents have less involvement on children’s time allocation. The pre-study prediction is proven true in the paper; parents compensate the loss of supervision time of their children’s education due to working hours by enrolling them in private schools.

This paper is part of a series supported by PERI and Young Lives, a longitudinal study of childhood poverty following the lives of 12,000 children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam over 15 years. More information about Young Lives can be found at www.younglives.org.uk.

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