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Fabiana Rocha, Plinio Portela de Oliveira, Janete Duarte, Sérgio Ricardo de Brito Gadelha and Luis Felipe Vital Nunes Pereira
''Can Education Targets be Met Without Increasing Public Spending? An Analysis for Brazilian Municipalities''
( 2017, Vol. 37 No.1 )
The purpose of this paper is to assess the efficiency of public spending education by local governments in Brazil and to evaluate whether the financial resources that municipalities allocate to education are sufficient to guarantee that they achieve the quality targets established for 2021. We assume that family background (measured by parent´s education) is a fixed input in the short run, and that municipalities only have control over the amount they spend on education. Results indicate that the amount of non-efficiently spent resources is significant and that most local governments could actually meet their targets without additional resources, only by moving to best practices.
Keywords: efficiency, expenditures, education, municipalities
JEL: H4 - Publicly Provided Goods: General
H8 - Public Economics: Miscellaneous Issues: General
Manuscript Received : Sep 26 2016 Manuscript Accepted : Feb 25 2017

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