Private School Competition and Public School Performance in Arizona

50 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2015

Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

Advocates of school choice policies claim that private school competition would make public schools more efficient. I evaluate the effect of private school competition on public schools’ test scores in Arizona. Private schooling is treated as endogenous. I use the Arizona K-12 tax credit to build the first instrument based on religious denominations likely to donate to private schools. Also, I use measures of the population of private school students and schools as new instruments for private schooling. Moreover, I build grade-specific measures of private school competition. I find a strong positive effect of private school competition on scores in grade 4, and no significant effect on scores in grade 7.

Keywords: Tax credits, school choice, Arizona K-12 schools, Congregessions

JEL Classification: H70, I20

Suggested Citation

Dauchy, Estelle P., Private School Competition and Public School Performance in Arizona (January 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2599123 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2599123

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