Who Wants School Vouchers?

19 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 7 Sep 2010

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Yu-Sung Su

Tsinghua University

Andrew Gelman

Columbia University - Department of Statistics and Department of Political Science

Date Written: August 30, 2010

Abstract

School vouchers are one of the most contested issues in educational policy. Yet, various survey data often yield different results on support for vouchers {Moe 2001}. Voucher opinions are better understood by looking at American people into several demographical and geographical segments. However, by doing this, we encounter a data problem because we do not have enough sample sizes in each segments. To address this issue, we propose the use of a model based simulation method - multilevel regression and poststratification - to estimate the voucher opinions. We find that vouchers are most popular among high-income white Catholics and Evangelicals that in general, among whites, the higher the income, the more popular vouchers are. But the pattern goes the other way among nonwhites. Among them, Vouchers are less popular among mid-income class but are more welcome in lower income groups.

Keywords: School Vouchers, Multilevel Regression and Poststratification (MRP)

Suggested Citation

Su, Yu-Sung and Gelman, Andrew, Who Wants School Vouchers? (August 30, 2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1644213

Yu-Sung Su (Contact Author)

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Andrew Gelman

Columbia University - Department of Statistics and Department of Political Science ( email )

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