Diseconomies of School District Size

The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 1995

5 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2011

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Gary M. Galles

Pepperdine University

Robert L. Sexton

Pepperdine University - Economics Department

Date Written: 1995

Abstract

Massive school district consolidation is driven by the presumption among education professionals that there are economies of scale in education (lower costs or greater value provided per student for larger numbers of students). But while educators have argued for economies of school district size, often resulting in the creation of massive school districts in search of promised efficiencies, they have not demonstrated those efficiencies in practice. In fact, the accumulated evidence points to the clear conclusion that, except for consolidations of very small districts, there are no economies of scale to local education.

Suggested Citation

Galles, Gary and Sexton, Robert L., Diseconomies of School District Size (1995). The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1904993

Gary Galles (Contact Author)

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Robert L. Sexton

Pepperdine University - Economics Department ( email )

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Malibu, CA 90263
United States

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