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Agency and Choice in Education: Does school choice enhance the work effort of teachers?

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  • Geoffrey Rapp
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    Recent studies of public school choice programs in the United States suggest that choice benefits not only students participating in choice programs, but all the students in a choice district. This paper tests whether choice influences the behavior of public school teachers, arguably the link between policy and outcome. The results suggest that one form of choice-intradistrict choice-leads teachers to work more diligently.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 37-63

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:8:y:2000:i:1:p:37-63

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    1. Sandstrom, F. Mikael & Bergstrom, Fredrik, 2005. "School vouchers in practice: competition will not hurt you," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(2-3), pages 351-380, February.
    2. Sobel, Russell S. & King, Kerry A., 2008. "Does school choice increase the rate of youth entrepreneurship?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 429-438, August.
    3. Sandström, F. Mikael & Bergström, Fredrik, 2002. "School Vouchers in Practice: Competition Won't Hurt You!," Working Paper Series 578, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
    4. Rincke, Johannes, 2006. "Competition in the public school sector: Evidence on strategic interaction among US school districts," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(3), pages 352-369, May.

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