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Education Attainment in Brazil

The Experience of FUNDEF You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Luiz de Mello, Mombert Hoppe
Publication Date
04 Apr 2005
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No.:
424
Pages
27
DOI
10.1787/556807485718

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For many years, Brazil lagged behind other middle-income countries in terms of school enrolment rates. But since 1998 policies have aimed at bridging this gap, in particular, with the implementation of FUNDEF, a fund for financing sub-national spending on primary and lower-secondary education. Using state- and municipality-level data during 1991-2002, this paper shows that FUNDEF played a key role in the increase in enrolment rates over the period, particularly in small municipalities, which rely more heavily on transfers from higher levels of government as a source of revenue. These findings underscore the importance of FUNDEF in eliminating supply constraints to the improvement of education attainment. Enrolment rates are now nearly universal for primary and lower-secondary education. Emphasis should therefore be placed on policies to improve the quality of services and to remove supply constraints to the expansion of enrolment in upper-secondary and tertiary education.
Keywords:
decentralisation, school enrolment, Brazil, education
JEL Classification:
  • H52: Public Economics / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / Government Expenditures and Education
  • H72: Public Economics / State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations / State and Local Budget and Expenditures
  • H77: Public Economics / State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations / Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism; Secession