NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Long-Term Trends in Private School Enrollments by Family Income

Richard J. Murnane, Sean F. Reardon

NBER Working Paper No. 23571
Issued in July 2017

---- Acknowledgements ----

Many people and organizations provided information and support for this project. They include the Russell Sage Foundation, which provided a research grant. Robert Hauser and Rob Warren provided data files from the October CPS for the years 1968-2005 that they had cleaned and organized. These supplemented October CPS files that we purchased from Unicon. Kurt Bauman of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Sarah Grady and Stephen Broughman of the U.S. Department of Education answered many questions about properties of particular datasets. Dale McDonald, PBVM, PhD, the Director of Public Policy and Educational Research for the National Catholic Educational Association provided information on enrollment trends in NCEA schools. Sarah Lubienski explained definitions of school types used in her research. Sabino Kornrich provided data from his research. Joshua Starr answered questions about the Phi Delta Kappan polls of attitudes toward schools. Kurt Bauman, Greg Duncan, Christopher Jencks, Ann Owens, and Tim Smeeding provided comments on earlier drafts. Anne Lamb, Bonnie Mackintosh, Preeya Mbekeani, Mallory Perry, and Marcus Waldman 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.

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