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The Determinants and Consequences of School Choice Errors in Kenya

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  • Adrienne M. Lucas
  • Isaac M. Mbiti

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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 schools are more likely to make such errors. Net of observable demographic characteristics, these errors are associated with a decrease in the probability that a student is admitted to an elite secondary school, relegating them to schools of lower quality.

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  • Adrienne M. Lucas & Isaac M. Mbiti, 2012. "The Determinants and Consequences of School Choice Errors in Kenya," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 102(3), pages 283-288, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:102:y:2012:i:3:p:283-88
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    1. Justine S. Hastings & Jeffrey M. Weinstein, 2008. "Information, School Choice, and Academic Achievement: Evidence from Two Experiments," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 123(4), pages 1373-1414.
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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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