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Free to Choose: Can School Choice Reduce Student Achievement?

Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Parag A. Pathak, Christopher R. Walters

NBER Working Paper No. 21839
Issued in December 2015, Revised in December 2016

---- Acknowledgements ----

Previously circulated as "School Vouchers and Student Achievement: First-Year Evidence from the Louisiana Scholarship Program." We gratefully acknowledge funding from the National Science Foundation. Data from the Louisiana Department of Education were made available to us through the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice, where Abdulkadiroglu and Pathak are members of the scientific advisory board. Thanks also go to Josh Angrist, David Card, Raji Chakrabarti, Melissa Clark, Pat Kline, Jesse Rothstein, and seminar participants at the MIT Labor Economics Lunch, UC Berkeley, the 2016 All California Labor Economics Conference, the Fall 2016 APPAM Conference, UC San Diego, and the Stanford Opportunity Lab for suggestions and comments. Nicole Gandre, Jon Schellenberg and Zhongji Wu provided excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Parag A. Pathak ----

Pathak is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice.

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