Contracting for Educational Achievement
AbstractWe argue that the lack of academic proficiency in K-12 education is due to information asymmetry between the policy-maker, households, and schools. The policy-maker is thus unable to write down efficient contracts to ensure proficiency, and must incur agency costs which, in turn, generate other distortions. We develop a theoretical equilibrium model where schools and households choose their efforts in response to the policy-maker’s incentives. We model public schools as one possible response to informational failures. Unlike private schools, public schools separate the roles of financing and consuming education, thus creating rents for public schools. We develop a computational version of the model that allows us to illustrate the distortions and effects from alternative contracts.
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