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Does School Choice Improve Student Performance?

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  • Kaja Høiseth Brugård

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Center for Economic Research at NTNU)

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    This paper studies the relationship between school choice and student performance for high school students in Norway. The analysis exploits both the fact that the degree of school choice formally differs between counties, and detailed information on travelling distances to high schools, which more closely reflects the students' actual school choice possibilities. Information on students' residence, high school location, and the degree of formal school choice is used to estimate the effect on student achievement in a difference-in-differences-in-differences model specification. In addition, I estimate the effect of school choice on high school graduation rates and university attainment. I find a positive and significant effect of school choice on student performance, and heterogeneity analyses indicates that this effect is entirely driven by the performance of boys.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 14513.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: 31 May 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:14513

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    Keywords: school choice; high school education; student achievement;

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    1. Epple, Dennis & Romano, Richard E, 1998. "Competition between Private and Public Schools, Vouchers, and Peer-Group Effects," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 88(1), pages 33-62, March.
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    4. Falch, Torberg & Lujala, Päivi & Strøm, Bjarne, 2013. "Geographical constraints and educational attainment," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(1), pages 164-176.
    5. Torberg Falch & Bjarne Strøm, 2003. "Teacher Turnover and Non-Pecuniary Factors," Working Paper Series 3604, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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