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School Choice And Student Sorting: Evidence From Adachi Ward In Japan

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  • ATSUSHI YOSHIDA
  • KATSUO KOGURE
  • KOICHI USHIJIMA

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We examine whether the school choice programme of public junior high schools in Adachi ward has caused student sorting and has thus increased the differences in scores between the schools. We find that students are sorted in the sense that the students living in the school attendance areas where there is a higher proportion of high‐status occupations are more likely to select private schools even after the introduction of the school choice programme, or they select public schools with higher scores. Adachi's average scores relative to the Tokyo average have improved, while the between school differences in scores have not expanded.

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  • Atsushi Yoshida & Katsuo Kogure & Koichi Ushijima, 2009. "School Choice And Student Sorting: Evidence From Adachi Ward In Japan," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 60(4), pages 446-472, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecrev:v:60:y:2009:i:4:p:446-472
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5876.2008.00462.x
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    1. Tanaka, Ryuichi & Ishizaki, Kazumi, 2018. "Do teaching practices matter for students’ academic achievement? A case of linguistic activity," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 26-36.

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