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Public policies toward private education (English)

This paper surveys the wide range of public policies toward private education that are found in a sample of 35 developed and developing countries. Private schools in developing countries tend to be less subsidized and less controlled than those in developed countries. The author then discusses the relative merits of using subsidies and regulations to stimulate quantity and quality of private education. The author concludes that per student subsidy, targetted at low-income students, is probably the best way to increase both quantity and access. To increase quality, the government may have to intervene with earmarked subsidies directed towards schools, together with regulations. However, these interventions have many pitfalls. The trade-offs between quality and quantity and between public and private education are discussed.


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    James, Estelle

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    Public policies toward private education

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James, Estelle

Public policies toward private education (English). Education and training series discussion paper ; no. EDT 84 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.