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School choice and quality

  • Daniele Checchi


  • Tullio Jappelli

The 1993 Survey of Household Income and Wealth, a representative survey of the Italianpopulation covering 24,000 individuals, reports detailed information on children attendance ofpublic and private schools and parents' self-assessment of the quality of public schools in the city of residence. The survey also provides detailed information on the household demographicstructure, income and parent's education. The empirical analysis indicates that the quality ofschools is one of the driving factors in the choice between private and public schools. The resultsare robust with respect to the particular quality indicator used and the presence of provincial fixed effects.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2002-28.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2002
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Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2002-28
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