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Economies of Scale, School Violence, and the Optimal Size of Schools

In this paper we argue that policy in relation to education has relied too extensively on the more easily measured costs of production to support a common conclusion of economies of scale in school and/or district size. We argue that there are external costs that increase with size but that can be measured less easily that could offset this case. This would imply that the tendency within the education profession to advocate ever larger school sizes is premature at best. To make our case, we model the choice of school size to emphasize that costs, such as school violence, that are born by both students and their parents but not (necessarily) by education administrators may result in school sizes that are too big from the perspective of school users. In the second and third parts of the paper we introduce evidence to suggest that school violence is one of these external costs.

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Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 02-01.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jan 2002
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Publication status: Published: Carleton Economic Papers
Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:02-01
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