More Graduates, Less Criminals? The Economic Impacts of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

21 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2017  

Will Flanders

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty

Corey DeAngelis

Cato Institute - Center for Educational Freedom

Date Written: February 3, 2017

Abstract

Although an abundance of research indicates that private schooling can benefit individual children through higher test scores, the effects on society are less clear. We monetize and forecast the social impacts of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) in the United States. We use existing literature on the impacts of the MPCP on criminal activity and graduation rates. Between 2016 and 2035, students who use a voucher in the MPCP will generate additional economic benefits of $473 million associated with higher graduation rates, and $26 million associated with fewer felonies and misdemeanors, relative to their traditional public school peers.

Keywords: school choice, school vouchers, economic impact, civic education

Suggested Citation

Flanders, Will and DeAngelis, Corey, More Graduates, Less Criminals? The Economic Impacts of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (February 3, 2017). EDRE Working Paper No. 2017-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2911282 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2911282

Will Flanders (Contact Author)

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty ( email )

1139 East Knapp Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States

Corey DeAngelis

Cato Institute - Center for Educational Freedom ( email )

1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States

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