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The Economics of Scale-Up

Jonathan M.V. Davis, Jonathan Guryan, Kelly Hallberg, Jens Ludwig

NBER Working Paper No. 23925
Issued in October 2017

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This paper was made possible by the generous support of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Chicago Beyond, the Polk Bros Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. For vital assistance in making this intervention possible we thank Barbara Algarin, Rukiya Curvey-Johnson, Antonio Gutierrez, Alan Safran and the staff of the Chicago Public Schools and SAGA Innovations, as well as the Crown Family Foundation, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, and the IMC Charitable Foundation. For help accessing administrative data we thank the Chicago Public Schools, Jeffrey Broom, Sarah Dickson, Kylie Klein, and Stacy Norris. For outstanding help with project fieldwork and data assembly and analysis, we thank Valentine Gilbert, Rowan Gledhill, Nathan Hess, Zachary Honoroff, Julia Quinn, Catherine Schwarz, Hannah Shaw, Maitreyi Sistla, and John Wolf. For his excellent assistance with the development of the translation exercises we thank Juchi Pratt. For their very helpful suggestions and comments we thank Esther Duflo, Joe Hotz, John List, Sendhil Mullainathan, Jesse Rothstein, Jesse Shapiro, Don and Liz Thompson, and seminar participants at Duke University and the 2016 FEW conference. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research, or any other funder or data provider. All opinions and any errors are our own.

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