Revealed Preference Analysis of School Choice Models

43 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2019 Last revised: 6 Aug 2021

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Nikhil Agarwal

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; Yale University - Cowles Foundation

Paulo Somaini

Stanford University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: December 2019

Abstract

Preferences for schools are important determinants of equitable access to high-quality education, effects of expanded choice on school improvement and school choice mechanism design. Standard methods for estimating consumer preferences are not applicable in education markets because students do not always get their first choice school. This review describes recently developed methods for using rich data from a school choice mechanism to estimate student preferences. Our objectives are to present a unifying framework for these methods and to help applied researchers decide which techniques to use. After laying out methodological issues, we provide an overview of empirical results obtained using these models and discuss some open questions.

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Nikhil and Somaini, Paulo, Revealed Preference Analysis of School Choice Models (December 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26568, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3508547

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