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The Determinants of Parental Choice of Education: The Case of Pennsylvania

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  • Tin-Chun Lin

    (Indiana University Northwest)

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This paper investigates that determinants of parents' education choices depend not only on economic factors but also on non-economic factors. I examined Pennsylvania's 67 counties in school year 1989-1990 as a case study of these determinants. An empirical model was applied to the study. Results reveal that K-12 private school enrollment rates (i.e., parents' choice of education) are positively related to median household income, income inequality, urban proportion, nonwhite proportion, and religious beliefs. In particular, both nonwhite proportion and religious beliefs exert an extremely positive and significant effect on private school enrollment rates.

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  • Tin-Chun Lin, 2005. "The Determinants of Parental Choice of Education: The Case of Pennsylvania," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 31(2), pages 45-59.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:31:y:2005:i:2:p:45-59
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    JEL classification:

    • C30 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - General
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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