Who is Afraid of School Choice?

21 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2011

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Andrea Diem

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF)

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF); University of Bern - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: March 24, 2011

Abstract

This study uses survey data to investigate attitudes among Swiss voters to different models offering more freedom of choice in the educational system. The findings indicate clear opposition to the use of taxpayer money to fund private schools, while free choice between public schools seems to appeal to a majority. The analyses show that the approval-opposition heterogeneity is mainly based on an explicable, rational calculation of personal utility. Approval rates are much higher among groups or individuals who see a personal advantage in more school choice, such as parents of school-age children, urban/metropolitan area residents and those on a low income. In contrast, residents of small to medium-sized centers of population, high-income groups, and individuals with a teaching qualification oppose more school choice. The analyses also indicate differences between the country’s language regions, attributable to intercultural differences in what people consider the state’s role to be.

Keywords: school choice, survey, private schools, education vouchers

JEL Classification: D720, H240, H520, I220

Suggested Citation

Diem, Andrea and Wolter, Stefan C., Who is Afraid of School Choice? (March 24, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3385. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1793706

Andrea Diem

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