Demand (and Supply) in an Inter-District Public School Choice Program
AbstractThis study examines parents’ demand for sending their children to a public school located outside their residential school district. Using a unique data set that contains information concerning both inter-district transfers and rejections of transfer applications, I am able to identify which school district characteristics attract the greatest demand for incoming transfers. The analyses reveal that mean student test scores are stronger predictors of transfer demand than both students’ socio-economic characteristics and school district spending, suggesting that parents care more about outcomes than inputs. In addition, while districts are only supposed to reject transfer students due to capacity concerns, districts’ supply decisions are also correlated with differences in student performance across neighboring districts.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Barnard College, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0501.
Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2004
Date of revision: Feb 2006
school choice; inter-district open enrollment; public school demand;
Other versions of this item:
- Reback, Randall, 2008. "Demand (and supply) in an inter-district public school choice program," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 402-416, August.
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
- H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-02-26 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2006-02-26 (Education)
- NEP-PBE-2006-02-26 (Public Economics)
- NEP-URE-2006-02-26 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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