Charter High Schools' Effects on Long Term Attainment and Earnings

44 Pages Posted: 31 May 2014

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Kevin Booker

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. - Human Services

Brian Gill

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. - Human Services

Tim R. Sass

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Ronald Zimmer

Vanderbilt University - Peabody College

Date Written: March 1, 2014

Abstract

Since their inception in 1992, the number of charter schools has grown to more than 6,000 in 40 states, serving more than 2 million students. Various studies have examined charter schools’ impacts on test scores, and a few have begun to examine longer-term outcomes including graduation and college attendance. This paper is the first to estimate charter schools’ effects on student earnings, alongside effects on educational attainment. Using data from Chicago and Florida, we find evidence that charter high schools may have substantial positive effects on persistence in college as well as high-school graduation and college entry. In Florida, where we can link students to workforce data in adulthood, we also find evidence that charter high schools produce large positive effects on subsequent earnings.

Suggested Citation

Booker, Kevin and Gill, Brian and Sass, Tim and Zimmer, Ronald, Charter High Schools' Effects on Long Term Attainment and Earnings (March 1, 2014). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 14-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2443566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2443566

Kevin Booker

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. - Human Services ( email )

United States

Brian Gill

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. - Human Services ( email )

United States

Tim Sass (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

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Ronald Zimmer

Vanderbilt University - Peabody College ( email )

United States

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