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dc.contributor.authorFaguet, Jean-Paules
dc.contributor.authorSánchez, Fabioes
dc.coverage.spatialColombiaes
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-15T20:04:17Z
dc.date.available2014-10-15T20:04:17Z
dc.date.issued2009es
dc.identifier.citationFaguet, J.-P., & Sánchez, F. (2009). Decentralization and access to social services in Colombia. CAF Working paper, 2009/01, Caracas: CAF. Retrieved from http://scioteca.caf.com/handle/123456789/258en
dc.identifier.urihttp://scioteca.caf.com/handle/123456789/258
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 explores the effects of decentralization to access to health and education in Colombia. We benefit from an original database that includes over 95% of Colombian municipalities. Our results show that decentralization improved enrollment rates in public schools and access of the poor to public health services. In both sectors, improving access was driven by the financial contributions of local governments. Our theoretical findings imply that local governments with better information about local preferences will concentrate their resources in areas their voters care about most. The combination of empirical and theoretical results implies that decentralization provides local officials with the information and incentives they need to allocate resources in a manner responsive to voters’ needs, and improve the quality of expenditures so as to maximize their impact. The end result is greater usage of local services by citizens.en
dc.language.isoenges
dc.publisherCAFes
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCAF Working paper, 2009/01es
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.subjectInvestigación socioeconómicaes
dc.subjectSaludes
dc.titleDecentralization and Access to Social Services in Colombiaes
dc.typeworkingPaperes
dc.publisher.cityCaracases


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