Is this the end of Public Education in Chile?

  • Ricardo Paredes


In the period 2000 - 2006, municipal or public schools reduced its enrollment
in 186,000 students (13%) in Chile. Meanwhile, privately subsidized schools,
receiving the same type of funding, increased their enrollment in 386,000
students (38%). In this paper we distinguish demand factors, associated with
parents’ decisions, and supply factors, those associated with owners’ decisions,
to explain the change in the education structure en Chile. We found evidence
that the asymmetry in the institutional constraints explain only part of the evolution. Other factors, associated with municipal decisions, which in turn are
explained by the asymmetric financing of different schools, explain the main
part of the change.
Keywords Public education, descentralization
How to Cite
Paredes, R. (2016). Is this the end of Public Education in Chile?. Estudios de Economía, 36(1), pp. 47-66. Retrieved from