Will Democracy Endure Private School Choice? The Effect of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program on Adult Voting Behavior

29 Pages Posted: 14 May 2018  

Corey DeAngelis

Cato Institute - Center for Educational Freedom

Patrick Wolf

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

Date Written: May 11, 2018

Abstract

We employ probit regression analysis to compare the adult voting activity of students who participated in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) to their matched public school counterparts. We use a sophisticated matching algorithm to create a traditional public school student comparison group using data from the state-mandated evaluation of the MPCP. By the time the students are 19-26 years old, we do not find evidence that private school voucher students are more or less likely to vote in 2012 or 2016 than students educated in public schools. These results are robust to all models and are consistent for all subgroups.

Keywords: school choice, private schooling, democratic education, political participation, civic education, school vouchers

JEL Classification: I28, I20

Suggested Citation

DeAngelis, Corey and Wolf, Patrick, Will Democracy Endure Private School Choice? The Effect of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program on Adult Voting Behavior (May 11, 2018). EDRE Working Paper No. 2018-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3177517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3177517

Corey DeAngelis (Contact Author)

Cato Institute - Center for Educational Freedom ( email )

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

Patrick Wolf

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

201 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

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