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Mobility, Targeting, and Private-School Vouchers

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  • Thomas J. Nechyba

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This paper uses general-equilibrium simulations to explore the role of residential mobility in shaping the impact of different private-school voucher policies. The simulations are derived from a three-district model of low-, middle-, and high-income school districts (calibrated to New York data) with housing stocks that vary within and across districts. In this model, it is demonstrated that school-district targeted vouchers are similar in their impact to non targeted vouchers but vastly different from vouchers targeted to low-income households. Furthermore, strong migration effects are shown to significantly improve the likely equity consequences of voucher programs.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 90 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 130-146

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:90:y:2000:i:1:p:130-146

Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.90.1.130
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