School Choice: Supporters and Opponents

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David M. Brasington

University of Cincinnati - Department of Economics

Diane Hite

Auburn University - Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

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Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

We examine the attitudes of Ohio homeowners about school choice, which includes open enrollment programs, school vouchers, tuition tax credits, and charter schools. Previous studies examine more limited forms of choice and investigate fewer possible influences. Overall we report at least five new findings and five findings that contradict previous studies. We find the strongest predictors of opposition for school choice are people having graduate degrees and living in high‐performing public school districts. We find people living in blue collar areas and using private schools to be the strongest predictors of support. Males tend to oppose choice and African Americans support it. We find no role for income, the convenience of alternative schools, or the protection of house values in support for school choice. Overall we report at least five new findings and five findings that contradict previous studies.

JEL Classification: H44, I22

Suggested Citation

Brasington, David M. and Hite, Diane, School Choice: Supporters and Opponents (January 2014). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp. 76-92, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2357202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12002

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