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Will Choice Hurt? Compared to What? School Choice Experiment in Estonia

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  • Kaire Põder

    (Tallinn University of Technology)

  • Triin Lauri

    (Tallinn University)

This article presents empirical analysis of the effects of school choice policy in Estonia. We show that relying on market and giving autonomy to the schools over student selection without any central priority matching or other central guidelines will produce admission tests, even in elementary school level. The latter will bring with it intensive prep-schooling. Our contribution is to show that in the current case choice-policy experiment will produce between schools segregation effects based on residential and background characteristics. However, the interpretation of these effects is complex because, when compared with the pre-market, topped-off voucher-based residential choice model, it diminishes segregation based on income and family socio-economic status.

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Paper provided by Department of Finance and Economics, Tallinn University of Technology in its series TUT Economic Research Series with number 11.

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Date of creation: 30 Jan 2014
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