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School closures in Chile: Access to quality alternatives in a school choice system

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  • Gregory Elacqua

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  • Mat’as Martinez

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  • Humberto Santos

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  • Daniela Urbina

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    In this paper, we analyze the schooling alternatives of families that could face school closure. This article identifies, characterizes, and georeferences the institutions classified as low-performing by the SEP Law along with their closest alternatives. The findings indicate that a significant number of families do not have any quality alternatives nearby, particularly families in rural areas and/ or in schools with a high percentage of low SES students. Additionally, when admissions barriers and family preferences are incorporated in the analysis, school alternatives are considerably reduced. Alternatives are further reduced when using a more stringent definition of school quality.

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    Article provided by University of Chile, Department of Economics in its journal Estudios de Economia.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 Year 2012 (December)
    Pages: 179-202

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    Handle: RePEc:udc:esteco:v:39:y:2012:i:2:p:179-202

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    Keywords: Accountability; Elecci—n escolar; Pol’tica educativa; Cierre de escuelas.;

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    1. Sebastián Bustos & Dante Contreras & Paulina Sepulveda, 2007. "When schools are the ones that choose: the effect of screening in Chile," Working Papers wp242, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
    2. Mark Schneider & Gregory Elacqua & Jack Buckley, 2006. "School choice in Chile: Is it class or the classroom?," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(3), pages 577-601.
    3. Rebecca Allen & Simon Burgess, 2012. "How should we treat under-performing schools? A regression discontinuity analysis of school inspections in England," DoQSS Working Papers 12-02, Department of Quantitative Social Science - Institute of Education, University of London.
    4. Chumacero, Rómulo A. & Gómez, Daniel & Paredes, Ricardo D., 2011. "I would walk 500 miles (if it paid): Vouchers and school choice in Chile," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 1103-1114, October.
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