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An Analysis of Private School Closings


  • Lakshmi Pandey

    () (Fiscal Research Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University)

  • David L. Sjoquist

    () (Fiscal Research Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University)

  • Mary Beth Walker

    () (Fiscal Research Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University)


We add to the small literature on private school supply by exploring exits of K–12 private schools. We find that the closure of private schools is not an infrequent event and use national survey data from the National Center for Education Statistics to study closures of private schools. We assume that the probability of an exit is a function of excess supply of private schools over demand as well as of the school's characteristics, such as age, size, and religious affiliation. Our empirical results generally support the implications of the model. © 2009 American Education Finance Association

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  • Lakshmi Pandey & David L. Sjoquist & Mary Beth Walker, 2009. "An Analysis of Private School Closings," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 4(1), pages 34-59, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:4:y:2009:i:1:p:34-59

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    1. Nicolas Grau & Daniel Hojman & Alejandra Mizala, 2015. "Destructive Creation: School Turnover and Educational Attainment," Working Papers wp396, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
    2. Masuda, Kazuya & Yamauchi, Chikako, 2018. "The Effects of Universal Secondary Education Program Accompanying Public-Private Partnership on Students' Access, Sorting and Achievement: Evidence from Uganda," CEI Working Paper Series 2018-4, Center for Economic Institutions, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
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    private schools; school closings;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education


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