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The Determinants and Consequence of School Choice Errors in Kenya


  • Adrienne Lucas

    () (Department of Economics, Unversity of Delaware)

  • Isaac M. Mbiti

    () (Department of Economics, Southern Methodist University)


The benefits of school choice systems designed to help disadvantaged groups might be hindered by information asymmetries. Kenyan elite secondary schools admit students from the entire country based on a national test score, district quotas, and stated school choices. We find even the highest ability students make school choice errors. Girls, students with lower test scores, and students from public and low quality primary schools are more likely to make such errors. Net of observable demographic characteristics, these errors are associated with a decrease in the probability that students are admitted to elite secondary schools, relegating them to schools of lower quality.

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  • Adrienne Lucas & Isaac M. Mbiti, 2012. "The Determinants and Consequence of School Choice Errors in Kenya," Working Papers 12-05, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:12-05.

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    1. Justine S. Hastings & Jeffrey M. Weinstein, 2008. "Information, School Choice, and Academic Achievement: Evidence from Two Experiments," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 123(4), pages 1373-1414.
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    school choice; education; secondary schooling; kenya;

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    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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