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Early Human Capital Accumulation and Decentralization

Guy Tchuente ()

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Abstract: Decentralization is a centerpiece in Cameroonian's government institutions' design. This chapter elaborates a simple hierarchy model for the analysis of the effects of power devolution. The model predicts overall positive effects of decentralization with larger effects when the local authority processes useful information on how to better allocate the resources. The estimation of the effects of the 2010's power devolution to municipalities in Cameroon suggests a positive impact of decentralization on early human capital accumulation. The value added by decentralization is the same for Anglophone and Francophone municipalities; the effects of decentralization are larger for advanced levels of primary school.

Date: 2021-04
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