Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/68702
Authors: 
Schneider, Kerstin
Schuchart, Claudia
Weishaupt, Horst
Riedel, Andrea
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Schumpeter Discussion Papers 2011-007
Abstract: 
In 2008, school districts were abolished in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous German federal state. Critics have argued that free school choice will lead to increased segregation and educational disparities. The data used is from Wuppertal, a major city in NRW. Since the Turkish population is the largest minority in Germany, but also one of the least integrated, the focus of this paper is on the effect of the new school law on the school choice of Turkish (Muslim) versus non-Turkish (non-Muslim) families. Free school choice has led, in fact, to increased choice on the part of both advantaged and (to a lesser extent) disadvantaged families. Motives behind choice include proximity, the composition of the school, and the academic quality of the school. The effect of this increased choice on segregation is inconclusive.
Subjects: 
Educational policy reform
school districts
school choice
segregation
JEL: 
I20
H75
J15
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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