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The Economics of School Choice$
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Caroline M. Hoxby

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226355337

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226355344.001.0001

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Introducing School Choice into Multidistrict Public School System

Introducing School Choice into Multidistrict Public School System

(p.145) Introducing School Choice into Multidistrict Public School System
The Economics of School Choice

Thomas J. Nechyba

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the factors to consider in introducing a school choice program in multidistrict public school systems. It highlights the importance of modeling the current school system realistically before attempting to predict the effects of school choice, and provides evidence on the link between housing and school consumption and the impact that private schools can have by severing this link. The analysis reveals that under the most pessimistic assumptions, increasing school choice may lead to surprisingly small declines in average public school quality and in the overall level of inequality in the system, whereas it may yield substantial gains under more optimistic assumptions.

Keywords:   school choice, public school system, housing, school consumption, private schools, public school quality

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