Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/236373
Authors: 
Figlio, David N.
Hart, Cassandra M. D.
Karbownik, Krzysztof
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 14342
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
Using a rich dataset that merges student-level school records with birth records, and leveraging a student fixed effects design, we explore how the massive scale-up of a Florida private school choice program affected public school students' outcomes. Program expansion modestly benefited students (through higher standardized test scores and lower absenteeism and suspension rates) attending public schools closer to more pre-program private school options. Effects are particularly pronounced for lower-income students, but results are positive for more affluent students as well. Local and district-wide private school competition are both independently related to student outcomes.
Subjects: 
school choice
school competition
student achievement
behavioral outcomes
JEL: 
H75
I21
I22
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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