Is there a Difference Between For-Profit Versus Not-For-Profit Charter Schools?
AbstractThe role of for-profit educational organizations in the predominantly public and not-for-profit K-12 U.S. schooling system is being fiercely debated across our nation. Little empirical research is available to help policy makers develop informed decisions regarding the educational value that for-profit schools provide to our students. This paper fills in part, for the first time in detail, this void. This paper uses a four year panel of charter schools from the state of Michigan and a random effects model that controls for student and district characteristics. Results indicate that for-profit charter schools have lower math test scores than not-for-profit charter schools. Interestingly, this result holds even when expenditure per pupil is controlled for. The analysis developed in this paper takes the debate one step further as well, and examines the role that the size of for-profit firms plays in the associated outcomes.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by UW-Whitewater, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 08-02.
Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
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Publication status: forthcoming in Education Economics
Profit; For-Profit; Not-For-Profit; Nonprofit; Charter Schools; Random Effects; Education;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
- L30 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - General
- H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-09-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2008-09-20 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2008-09-20 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-URE-2008-09-20 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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