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ERIC Number: ED524199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
School Choice, School Quality and Postsecondary Attainment. NBER Working Paper No. 17438
Deming, David J.; Hastings, Justine S.; Kane, Thomas J.; Staiger, Douglas O.
National Bureau of Economic Research
We study the impact of a public school choice lottery in Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) on postsecondary attainment. We match CMS administrative records to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), a nationwide database of college enrollment. Among applicants with low-quality neighborhood schools, lottery winners are more likely than lottery losers to graduate from high school, attend a four-year college, and earn a bachelor's degree. They are twice as likely to earn a degree from an elite university. The results suggest that school choice can improve students' longer-term life chances when they gain access to schools that are better on observed dimensions of quality.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina