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Rules vs. Discretion in Public Service: Teacher Hiring in Mexico
In this paper, I use a unique empirical setting that allows me to compare the performance of teachers hired in a discretionary process led by the teachers’ union in Mexico with the performance of those hired on the basis ...
Poor Little Children: The Socioeconomic Gap in Parental Responses to School Disadvantage
In this paper, we study how parents react to a widely-used school policy that puts some children at a learning disadvantage. Specifically, we first document that, in line with findings in other countries, younger children ...
The Effect of the Increasing Demand for Elite Schools on Stratification
I use detailed applications data to document a case in which, contrary to prevailing concerns, increasing school stratification by ability co-existed with stable stratification by family income: Mexico City public high ...