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The Determinants and Consequence of School Choice Errors in Kenya

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  • Adrienne Lucas

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    (Department of Economics, Unversity of Delaware)

  • Isaac M. Mbiti

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    (Department of Economics, Southern Methodist University)

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The benefits of school choice systems designed to help disadvantaged groups might be hindered by information asymmetries. Kenyan elite secondary schools admit students from the entire country based on a national test score, district quotas, and stated school choices. We find even the highest ability students make school choice errors. Girls, students with lower test scores, and students from public and low quality primary schools are more likely to make such errors. Net of observable demographic characteristics, these errors are associated with a decrease in the probability that students are admitted to elite secondary schools, relegating them to schools of lower quality.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 12-05.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:12-05.

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Keywords: school choice; education; secondary schooling; kenya;

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