What is a Good School, and Can Parents Tell? Evidence on the Multidimensionality of School Output

52 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2018

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Diether W. Beuermann

University of Maryland - College Park; Durham Business School; Inter-American Development Bank (IADB); Universidad de Lima - Facultad de Economia

C. Kirabo Jackson

Northwestern University

Laia Navarro-Sola

Northwestern University

Francisco Pardo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

Is a school’s impact on high-stakes test scores a good measure of its overall impact on students? Do parents value school impacts on high-stakes tests, longer-run outcomes, or both? To answer the first question, we apply quasi-experimental methods to data from Trinidad and Tobago and estimate the causal impacts of individual schools on several outcomes. Schools' impacts on high-stakes tests are weakly related to impacts on low-stakes tests, dropout, crime, teen motherhood, and formal labor market participation. To answer the second question, we link estimated school impacts to parents’ ranked lists of schools and employ discrete choice models to estimate parental preferences. Parents value schools that causally improve high-stakes test scores conditional on average outcomes, proximity, and peer quality. Consistent with parents valuing the multidimensional output of schools, parents of high-achieving girls prefer schools that increase formal labor market participation, and parents of high-achieving boys prefer schools that reduce crime.

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Suggested Citation

Beuermann, Diether Wolfgang and Kirabo Jackson, C. and Navarro-Sola, Laia and Pardo, Francisco, What is a Good School, and Can Parents Tell? Evidence on the Multidimensionality of School Output (December 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w25342. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3298817

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