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Catholic Schools, Competition, and Public School Quality

11 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012  

Juliana F. Carattini

Stonehill College

Angela K. Dills

Western Carolina University

Sean E. Mulholland

Western Carolina University

Rachel B. Sederberg

Stonehill College

Date Written: March 27, 2012

Abstract

Competition from Catholic schools may enhance public school performance. Measuring the magnitude of this relationship, however, is complicated by the endogeneity of Catholic enrollment. For example, Catholic schools may lower public school performance by cream skimming higher performing students; Catholic schools may be more popular when public school quality is low. We use the preponderance of Catholic Church abuse arrests, convictions, and settlements as instruments for Catholic school enrollment. Recent declines in Catholic school enrollment are associated with declines in public school math performance. These results suggest that competition from Catholic schools enhances public school performance.

Keywords: competition, Catholic, public school, abuse scandal

JEL Classification: H4, I2, Z12

Suggested Citation

Carattini, Juliana F. and Dills, Angela K. and Mulholland, Sean E. and Sederberg, Rachel B., Catholic Schools, Competition, and Public School Quality (March 27, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2029753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2029753

Juliana F. Carattini

Stonehill College ( email )

259 Duffy
Easton, MA 02357
United States

Angela K. Dills (Contact Author)

Western Carolina University ( email )

Cullowhee, NC 28723
United States
8282273329 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.wcu.edu/akdills

Sean E. Mulholland

Western Carolina University ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.wcu.edu/semulholland/

Rachel B. Sederberg

Stonehill College ( email )

259 Duffy
Easton, MA 02357
United States

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