The effect of private school competition on public school performance in Georgia

Geller, Christopher, Sjoquist, David and Walker, Mary Beth 2006, The effect of private school competition on public school performance in Georgia, Public finance review, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 4-32, doi: 10.1177/1091142105283631.

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Title The effect of private school competition on public school performance in Georgia
Author(s) Geller, Christopher
Sjoquist, David
Walker, Mary Beth
Journal name Public finance review
Volume number 34
Issue number 1
Start page 4
End page 32
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2006-01
ISSN 1091-1421
Keyword(s) Private school competition
Public school performance
Summary This article presents estimates of the effect of private school competition on public school performance. Using data on school districts in Georgia, the authors estimate models relating tenth- and third-grade test scores for either reading or mathematics to the level of private school competition. Test scores are not measurably or significantly higher in areas with greater private school competition, a result robust through multiple estimations using three measures of private school competition and a variety of control variables. The authors address the possible endogeneity between test scores and private school competition using instrumental variables estimators, with percentage of the population that is Catholic, county population in 1980, lagged competition, and various other measures as alternative instruments.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1091142105283631
Field of Research 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Sage Publications
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