The Effect of Charter Schools on Achievement and Behavior of Public School Students

36 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2007 Last revised: 1 Sep 2009

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Scott A. Imberman

Michigan State University; Michigan State University - College of Education

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

Charter schools are the most popular form of school choice in the US. However, we know little about how these schools affect traditional public schools. I look at how charter schools affect achievement, behavior, and attendance in nearby traditional public schools using data from a large urban school district in the southwest. Unlike prior work that relies on school fixed effects, I instead address the endogenous location of charter schools using an instrumental variables strategy. My results show that when charter school penetration increases, students suffer modest but statistically significant drops in math and language score gains. However, achievement losses are potentially offset by improvement in discipline.

Keywords: education, charter schools, school choice, non-charter students

JEL Classification: I21, I28, H41

Suggested Citation

Imberman, Scott Andrew, The Effect of Charter Schools on Achievement and Behavior of Public School Students (January 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1031693 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1031693

Scott Andrew Imberman (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

Michigan State University - College of Education ( email )

East Lansing, MI
United States

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