*School Choice and Student Sorting: Evidence from Adachi Ward in Japan

27 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009

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Atsushi Yoshida

University of Tsukuba - Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences

Katsuo Kogure

University of Tsukuba

Koichi Ushijima

University of Tsukuba

Abstract

We examine whether the school choice programme of public junior high schools in Adachi ward has caused student sorting and has thus increased the differences in scores between the schools. We find that students are sorted in the sense that the students living in the school attendance areas where there is a higher proportion of high-status occupations are more likely to select private schools even after the introduction of the school choice programme, or they select public schools with higher scores. Adachi's average scores relative to the Tokyo average have improved, while the between school differences in scores have not expanded.

Suggested Citation

Yoshida, Atsushi and Kogure, Katsuo and USHIJIMA, KOICHI, *School Choice and Student Sorting: Evidence from Adachi Ward in Japan. Japanese Economic Review, Vol. 60, Issue 4, pp. 446-472, December 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1505723 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5876.2008.00462.x

Atsushi Yoshida (Contact Author)

University of Tsukuba - Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences ( email )

Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba
Japan

Katsuo Kogure

University of Tsukuba ( email )

Tsukuba University , Ibaraki Ken
Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573, Ibaraki 3050006
Japan

KOICHI USHIJIMA

University of Tsukuba

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