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How do school `report cards' affect school choice decisions?


  • Jane Friesen
  • Mohsen Javdani
  • Justin Smith
  • Simon Woodcock


We estimate the effect of information about school achievement that is disseminated to the public through websites and school `report cards' on school choice decisions. We find that students are more likely to leave their school when public information reveals poor school-level performance. Some parents' school choice decisions respond to information soon after it becomes available. Others, including non-English-speaking parents, alter their school choice decisions only in response to information that has been disseminated widely and discussed in the media. Parents in low-income neighbourhoods are most likely to alter their school choice decisions in response to new information. JEL classification: I21, D83

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  • Jane Friesen & Mohsen Javdani & Justin Smith & Simon Woodcock, 2012. "How do school `report cards' affect school choice decisions?," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 45(2), pages 784-807, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:45:y:2012:i:2:p:784-807

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    1. Gibbons, Stephen & Neumayer, Eric & Perkins, Richard, 2015. "Student satisfaction, league tables and university applications: Evidence from Britain," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 148-164.
    2. Gibbons, Stephen & Neumayer, Eric & Perkins, Richard, 2013. "Student satisfaction, league tables and University applications," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 58540, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness


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