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Can Outsourcing Improve Liberia’s Schools? - Working Paper 462

Preliminary Results from Year One of a Three-Year Randomized Evaluation of Partnership Schools for Liberia

Mauricio Romero , Justin Sandefur and Wayne Aaron Sandholtz
September 7, 2017
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After one year, public schools managed by private contractors in Liberia raised student learning by 60 percent, compared to standard public schools. But costs were high, performance varied across contractors, and contracts authorized the largest contractor to push excess pupils and underperforming teachers onto other government schools.

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