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ERIC Number: ED472612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Modeling School Choice: A Comparison of Public, Private-Independent, Private-Religious, and Home-Schooled Students. Occasional Paper.
Belfield, Clive R.
U.S. students now have four choices of schooling: public schooling, private-religious schooling, private-independent schooling, and home-schooling. Of these options, home-schooling is the most novel. Since legalization across the states in the last few decades, it has grown in importance and legitimacy as an alternative choice. Thus, it is now possible to investigate the motivation for home-schooling, relative to the other schooling options. Two recent large-scale datasets were used in this paper to assess the school enrollment decision: the first is the National Household Expenditure Survey (1999), and the second is microdata on test-takers of the student achievement test in 2001. Results show that, generally, families with home-schoolers have characteristics similar to those with children at other types of school, but mothers' characteristics--specifically, their employment status--have a strong influence on the decision to home-school. Plausibly, religious belief has an important influence on the schooling decision, not only for Catholic students, but also for those of other faiths. An appendix contains a table of frequencies for independent variables. (Contains 23 references and 3 tables.) (Author/RT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education.