NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Preferences, Information, and Parental Choice Behavior in Public School Choice

Justine S. Hastings, Richard Van Weelden, Jeffrey Weinstein

NBER Working Paper No. 12995
Issued in March 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

We would like to thank Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for allowing us to study parental choice behavior in its district. Jacob Gramlich and Hillary Gramlich provided excellent assistance creating and distributing the information sheets. We would also like to thank Judy Chevalier, Alan Gerber, Donald Green, Thomas Kane, Dean Karlan, Michael Kremer, Sendhil Mullainathan, Douglas Staiger, Rebecca Thornton, Ebonya Washington, and participants at the Yale University Institution for Social and Policy Studies lunch, the Yale University Labor-Public Finance Lunch, and the 2006 Economic Science Association conference for valuable input. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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