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Mauricio Romero: Economista y Matemático de la Universidad de los Andes, PhD en Economía de la Universidad de California, San Diego. Profesor asistente de economía en el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Autores: Mauricio Romero, Abhijeet Singh

This paper studies the effects of India’s main school desegregation initiative — a 25% quota in private schools for disadvantaged students, whose fees are reimbursed by the state — on direct beneficiaries. Combining survey and administrative data from the state of Chhattisgarh, with lottery-based allocation of seats in oversubscribed schools, we show that receiving a quota seat makes students more likely to attend a private school (by 24 percentage points). However, within eligible caste groups, quota applicants are drawn disproportionately from more-educated and economically better-off households and over three-quarters of the applicants who were not allotted a quota seat also attended a private school as fee-paying students. Consequently, we estimate that ~ 70% of the total expenditure on each quota seat is inframarginal to school choice. The policy delivers clear gains for direct beneficiaries but is unlikely to affect school integration without broadening the pool of applicants.

Expositor/es: 
Mauricio Romero

Seminario virtual, organizado por Cartagena

Fecha y hora: 
Thursday, 10 February 2022 - 1:30pm
Modalidad: 
Virtual