NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Accountability and Flexibility in Public Schools: Evidence from Boston's Charters and Pilots

Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua Angrist, Susan Dynarski, Thomas J. Kane, Parag Pathak

NBER Working Paper No. 15549
Issued in November 2009

---- Acknowledgements -----

The authors are grateful to the Boston Foundation for financial support and to Boston's charter schools, the Boston Public Schools, and Carrie Conaway, Mary Street, and the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for data and assistance. Sarah Cohodes, Jon Fullerton and the staff of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University played a critical role in this project. We also thank Bruno Ferman, Yuqiao Huang, Simone Schaner, Chris Walters, and Victor Vazquez for expert research assistance. We benefited from comments by Derek Neal and seminar participants at the Bank of Italy, the LSE, McGill, the New York Fed, UBC, UC Dublin, UCLA, UC Riverside, UIUC, ZEW, and the November 2009 New Directions in the Economic Analysis of Education Conference at the University of Chicago. Abdulkadiroglu acknowledges an NSF-CAREER award. Pathak thanks the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston for research support. 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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