Understanding the Supply Decisions of Nonprofits: Modeling the Location of Private Schools

RAND JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS, Vol. 27, No. 2

Posted: 11 May 1998

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Thomas A. Downes

Tufts University - Department of Economics

Shane M. Greenstein

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

This research examines the location choice of California private schools in 1978-1979. We make use of some of the recent developments in the analysis of count data. The results indicate that the character of the population and the public schools influence location decisions. Private schools with different religious affiliations respond differently to population characteristics, which we argue is evidence of differences in the objectives of these different types of private schools. Location decisions of all types of private schools depend most on characteristics of the community in which a school locates, with attributes of surrounding communities having small effects on the location decision.

JEL Classification: I2

Suggested Citation

Downes, Thomas A. and Greenstein, Shane M., Understanding the Supply Decisions of Nonprofits: Modeling the Location of Private Schools. RAND JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS, Vol. 27, No. 2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4051

Thomas A. Downes (Contact Author)

Tufts University - Department of Economics ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States
617-628-5000 ext. 2687 (Phone)
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Shane M. Greenstein

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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