The Short-Term of The Classroom Support Program: An Experimental Analysis
In recent years the concern for quality in education has been at the heart of the discussion of education economics, particularly in Chile. Given that the implemented measures have had early improvements, public education policy should extend its efforts, paying particular attention to the design and implementation of the different initiatives. Therefore, the aim of this article is to determine the effect of public policy on the quality of elementary education. The methodology consists of an application experiment of the Classroom Support Program (CSP) with 15,651 children, statistical tests of differences in the mean and econometric estimations of the effect of the CSP through the methods of propensity score matching (nearest neighbor and Abadie and Imbens) and propensity score weighting. The results show that the effect of the program on the level of expected learning outcomes in mathematics is positive and statistically significant. Therefore, it may be stated that the CSP produces quality improvements in municipal public education.
Keywords - Quality of education, public policies, experimental analysis