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dc.contributor.authorFaguet, Jean-Paules
dc.coverage.spatialColombiaes
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-15T20:04:09Z
dc.date.available2014-10-15T20:04:09Z
dc.date.issued2009es
dc.identifier.citationFaguet, J.-P. (2009). Improving the education and health of the poor: decentralization and policy reform in Colombia. CAF Working paper, 2009/02, Caracas: CAF. Retrieved from https://scioteca.caf.com/handle/123456789/195en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttps://scioteca.caf.com/handle/123456789/195
dc.description.tableofcontentsA central claim in favor of decentralization is that it will improve access to public services, but few studies examine this question empirically. This paper, the policyoriented companion to Faguet and Sánchez (2009), explores the effects of decentralization on the uses and spatial distribution of public investment, and on access to health and education services in Colombia. I show that investment shifted from infrastructure to social services and human capital formation, and resources were rebalanced in favor of poorer districts. Decentralization improved enrollment rates in public schools and access to public health services. In both cases, poor people benefitted most. Four important lessons emerge. For decentralization to work well, (i) local governments must face harder budget constraints; (ii) central government must be scaled back; (iii) decentralization is composed of distinct, separable components, the sequencing of which is important.es
dc.language.isoenges
dc.publisherCAFes
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCAF Working paper, 2009/02es
dc.rightsCC-BY-NCes_ES
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/es_ES
dc.subjectDesarrollo sociales
dc.subjectEducaciónes
dc.subjectSector públicoes
dc.subjectEquidad e inclusión sociales
dc.subjectSaludes
dc.subjectInvestigación socioeconómicaes
dc.subjectServicios públicoses
dc.titleImproving the education and health of the poor: decentralization and policy reform in Colombiaes
dc.typeworkingPaperes
dc.publisher.cityCaracases


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