The Aggregate Effect of School Choice: Evidence from a Two-stage Experiment in India
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This paper is based on the Andhra Pradesh School Choice Project that was carried out under the larger program of the "Andhra Pradesh Randomized Evaluation Studies (AP RESt)", which was set up as a research partnership between the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Azim Premji Foundation, and the World Bank. The majority of the funding for the project was provided by the Legatum Foundation and the Legatum Institute, with additional financial support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the World Bank. Muralidharan also acknowledges financial support from a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation post-doctoral fellowship. We are deeply grateful to M Srinivasa Rao, B Srinivasulu, S Ramamurthy, and staff of the Azim Premji Foundation for their outstanding efforts in implementing the project in Andhra Pradesh, and to DD Karopady and Dileep Ranjekar for their constant support. We thank Gautam Bastian, Vikram Jambulapati, Naveen Mandava, Jayash Paudel, and Arman Rezaee for excellent research assistance at various stages of the project. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Azim Premji Foundation, the World Bank, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.