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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|April 2014||Colonial Institutions, Commodity Booms, and the Diffusion of Elementary Education in Brazil, 1889-1930|
with Aldo Musacchio, Andre Martinez: w20029
We explain how the decentralization of fiscal responsibility among Brazilian states between 1889 and 1930 promoted a unequal expansion in public schooling. We document how the variation in state export tax revenues, product of commodity booms, explains increases in expenditures on education, literacy, and schools per children. Yet we also find that such improvements did not take place in states that either had more slaves before abolition or cultivated cotton during colonial times. Beyond path-dependence, ours story emphasizes the interaction between colonial institutions and subsequent fiscal changes to explain radical changes in the ranking of states which persists until today.
Published: Musacchio, A., Fritscher, A., & Viarengo, M. (2014). Colonial Institutions, Trade Shocks, and the Diffusion of Elementary Education in Brazil, 1889–1930. The Journal of Economic History, 74(3), 730-766. doi:10.1017/S0022050714000588
|August 2010||Variation in Educational Outcomes and Policies across Countries and of Schools within Countries|
with Richard B. Freeman, Stephen Machin: w16293
This study examines the variation in educational outcomes across and within countries using the TIMSS mathematics tests. It documents the wide cross-country variation in the level and dispersion of test scores. Countries with the highest test scores are those with the least inequality in scores, which suggests a "virtuous" equity-efficiency trade-off in improving educational outcomes. Analyzing the association of gender, immigrant status, and family background factors with scores, we find large cross-country differences in the relation between those factors and scores.
Published: 'Inequality of Educational Outcomes: International Evidence From PISA', Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Special Issue on PISA, (with R. F reeman and M. Viarengo), 11, 5-20 (2011)