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Books and Guns: The Quality of Schools in Conflict Zones
Abstract
This paper investigates the causal effect that armed conflict has on the quality of education imparted in Colombian high schools. Using information at the student level and controlling for the possible endogeneity of armed conflict we find that conflict negatively affects school quality. Specifically, an increase in one standard deviation in the number of attacks a student is exposed to during her high school years decreases her school achievement in 0.8 standard deviations as measured by a national standardized exam. The evidence suggests that this effect is driven by a lower quality of teachers working in these conflict regions.



Autores:
Rodríguez, Catherine; Sánchez, Fabio
Palabras clave:
Armed Conflict, Colombia, School quality
Archivo:
Año:
2010
Mes:
Noviembre
Número:
38