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Labor Economics & PAM Workshop: John Singleton

Monday, November 25, 2019 at 11:40am to 1:10pm

Ives Hall, 115
B07 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

John Singleton - University of Rochester 

Valuing School Choice: Using a Randomized Experiment to Validate Welfare Evaluation of Private School Vouchers*

(Peter Arcidiacono, Karthik Muralidharan, Eun-young Shim, John D. Singleton)

Abstract: While parents and students value schools for many reasons, evaluation of school choice programs typically focuses on impacts on student outcomes alone. In this paper, we pursue a unique research design to estimate the welfare impacts of offering vouchers to attend private schools. Using control group data drawn from a randomized controlled trial of private school vouchers in rural India, we first develop and estimate an empirical model of school choice subject to ability-to-pay. We then externally validate the estimated welfare impacts by comparing model predictions for a simulated voucher program with the treatment group outcomes. In this draft, we present results from the first step of the research design and report predictions of voucher take-up for the experimental validation.

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EconSeminar, economics, EconLabor, isscal

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Heather LaCombe

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John Singleton

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University of Rochester

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Cornell Economics Community (List Serve Members)