Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70327
Authors: 
Mehta, Nirav
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
CIBC Working Paper 2012-3
Abstract: 
I develop a model of competition between charter schools and traditional public schools and estimate the model using administrative data from North Carolina. I use the model to quantify how existing charter schools have affected test scores for both charter and public school students and simulate charter school entry and student test scores were binding caps on charters lifted. I find that i) the mean effect of charter schools on attendant students (direct effect ) is 25% of a standard deviation, ii) there is substantial heterogeneity in the mean direct effect by market, iii) the mean spillover effect on public school students is marginal, and iv) lifting caps on charter schools would more than double entry and cause increases in mean test scores similar to those under the capped scenario.
Subjects: 
School choice
Charter schools
Education
Structural estimation
General equilibrium
Public economics
JEL: 
D58
I20
I28
H41
H72
L30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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