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Alejandra Mizala

Center for Applied Economics
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Chile
Avenida Republica 701
Santiago, Chile

E-Mail: amizala@dii.uchile.cl

NBER Working Papers and Publications

November 2007School Markets: The Impact of Information Approximating Schools' Effectiveness
with Miguel Urquiola: w13676
The impact of competition on academic outcomes is likely to depend on whether parents are informed about schools' effectiveness or valued added (which may or may not be correlated with absolute measures of their quality), and on whether this information influences their school choices, thereby affecting schools' market outcomes. To explore these issues, this paper considers Chile's SNED program, which seeks to identify effective schools, selecting them from within "homogeneous groups" of arguably comparable institutions. Its results are widely disseminated, and the information it generates is quite different from that conveyed by a simple test-based ranking of schools (which in Chile, turns out to largely resemble a ranking based on socioeconomic status). We rely on a sharp regression d...

Published: Mizala, Alejandra & Urquiola, Miguel, 2013. "School markets: The impact of information approximating schools' effectiveness," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 103(C), pages 313-335. citation courtesy of

 
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