NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Explaining Charter School Effectiveness

Joshua D. Angrist, Parag A. Pathak, Christopher R. Walters

NBER Working Paper No. 17332
Issued in August 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

Special thanks go to Carrie Conoway, Sarah Cohodes, Jon Fullerton, Harvard's Center for Education Policy Research, and the Massachusetts Department of Education for assistance and data, and to our charter team collaborators, Sue Dynarski and Tom Kane for their valuable input. Seminar participants at Boston College, Columbia, HEC Montreal, and the August 2011 Impact Evaluation Network meeting in Buenos Aires provided extensive helpful comments. We thank the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for financial support. Pathak also gratefully acknowledges support from the NSF. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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