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Agency and Choice in Education: Does school choice enhance the work effort of teachers?

  • Geoffrey Rapp
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    Recent studies of public school choice programs in the United States suggest that choice benefits not only students participating in choice programs, but all the students in a choice district. This paper tests whether choice influences the behavior of public school teachers, arguably the link between policy and outcome. The results suggest that one form of choice-intradistrict choice-leads teachers to work more diligently.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 37-63

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