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ERIC Number: EJ928049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
Do Vouchers and Tax Credits Increase Private School Regulation? A Statistical Analysis
Coulson, Andrew J.
Journal of School Choice, v5 n2 p224-251 2011
School voucher and education tax credit programs have proliferated in the United States over the past 2 decades. Advocates have argued that they will enable families to become active consumers in a free and competitive education marketplace, but some fear that these programs may bring a heavy regulatory burden that could stifle market forces. Until now, there has been no systematic, empirical investigation of that concern. This article aims to shed light on the issue by quantifying the regulations imposed on private schools within and outside school choice programs and then analyzing them with descriptive statistics and regression analyses. The results were tested for robustness to alternative ways of quantifying private school regulation and to alternative regression models, and the question of causality is addressed. The study concludes that vouchers, but not tax credits, impose a substantial and statistically significant additional regulatory burden on participating private schools. (Contains 10 tables, 3 figures, and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States