Private School Enrollment in an Italian Region after Implementing a Change in the Voucher Policy

Journal of School Choice, 9, 380-406.

25 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2015 Last revised: 9 Mar 2016

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Tommaso Agasisti

Politecnico di Milano - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering

Gianna Barbieri

Ministry of Education Italy

Samuele Murtinu

Utrecht University - School of Economics

Date Written: August 7, 2015

Abstract

This paper estimates the effect of an administrative change in a voucher policy implemented by an Italian Regional government. The voucher has been installed in 2000, and is intended to help families that want enroll their children in private schools. In 2008/09, the policy has been changed, facilitating the administrative procedure for obtaining the voucher, and integrating additional financial aid. The effect of this change is estimated by a panel econometric analysis that compares the proportion of first-year students enrolled in private schools with that of other Regions, controlling for some demand and supply-driven factors that affect families’ propensity to choose private schooling. The policy modification did not affect the proportion of students who enroll to private schools, across all the three (primary, junior and upper secondary) educational levels.

Keywords: School voucher, private school enrolment, school choice, education policy

JEL Classification: I21, I28

Suggested Citation

Agasisti, Tommaso and Barbieri, Gianna and Murtinu, Samuele, Private School Enrollment in an Italian Region after Implementing a Change in the Voucher Policy (August 7, 2015). Journal of School Choice, 9, 380-406., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2591842

Tommaso Agasisti

Politecnico di Milano - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci
Milan, Milan 20133
Italy

Gianna Barbieri

Ministry of Education Italy ( email )

Italy

Samuele Murtinu (Contact Author)

Utrecht University - School of Economics ( email )

Kriekenpitplein 21-22
Adam Smith Building
Utrecht, +31 30 253 7373 3584 EC
Netherlands

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