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The Elite Illusion: Achievement Effects at Boston and New York Exam Schools

Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua D. Angrist, Parag A. Pathak

NBER Working Paper No. 17264
Issued in July 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

Our thanks to Kamal Chavda, Jack Yessayan, and the Boston Public Schools and to Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, Thomas Gold, Jesse Margolis, and the New York City Department of Education for graciously sharing their data. The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of either the Boston Public Schools or the NYC Department of Education. We thank participants in the June 2010 Tel-Aviv Frontiers in the Economics of Education conference for comments and in particular our discussant Jonah Rockoff, who also contributed data on teacher tenure in NYC. We're also grateful to Daron Acemoglu, Gary Chamberlain, Glenn Ellison, and Guido Imbens for many helpful discussions along the way. Weiwei Hu and Miikka Rokkanen provided superb research assistance. Pathak thanks the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where parts of this work were completed, and the NSF for financial support.

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