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The Demand for Effective Charter Schools

Christopher R. Walters

NBER Working Paper No. 20640
Issued in October 2014

---- Acknowledgements ----

I am grateful to Joshua Angrist, Aviva Aron-Dine, David Autor, David Card, David Chan, Sarah Cohodes, William Darrity Jr., Will Dobbie, Susan Dynarski, Maria Ferreyra, James Heckman, Patrick Kline, Michal Kurlaender, Bridget Terry Long, Magne Mogstad, Enrico Moretti, Christopher Palmer, Parag Pathak, Jesse Rothstein, Stephen Ryan, Steven Stern, Xiao Yu Wang, Tyler Williams, and seminar participants at APPAM, the Becker Applied Economics Seminar at the University of Chicago, Cornell University, Duke University, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Mathematica Policy Research, MIT, Northeastern University, the Spencer Foundation, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, The Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, the University of Chicago Harris School, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, Warwick University, and WEAI for useful comments. Special thanks go to Carrie Conaway and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for suggestions, assistance and data. This work was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, and Institute for Education Sciences award number R305A120269. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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