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Educational Standards in Private and Public Schools

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  • Giorgio Brunello
  • Lorenzo Rocco

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When school quality increases with the educational standard set by schools, education before college need not be a hierarchy with private schools offering better quality than public schools. In our model, private schools can offer a lower educational standard at a positive price because they attract students with a relatively high cost of effort, who would find the high standards of public schools excessively demanding. We estimate the key parameters of the model and show that majority voting supports a system where private schools have higher quality in the US and public schools have higher quality in Italy. Copyright � The Author(s). Journal compilation � Royal Economic Society 2008.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 118 (2008)
Issue (Month): 533 (November)
Pages: 1866-1887

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:118:y:2008:i:533:p:1866-1887

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  4. Dario Maldonado, 2008. "A model of school behavior: tuition fees and grading standards," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO 005106, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.
  5. Bertola, Giuseppe & Checchi, Daniele & Oppedisano, Veruska, 2007. "Private School Quality in Italy," IZA Discussion Papers 3222, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. A. Di Liberto, 2013. "Length of stay in the host country and educational achievement of immigrant students: the Italian case," Working Paper CRENoS 201316, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.
  7. Andreas Ammermueller, 2013. "Institutional Features of Schooling Systems and Educational Inequality: Cross-Country Evidence From PIRLS and PISA," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 14(2), pages 190-213, 05.
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