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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 5 No. 4 (October 2013)

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Explaining Charter School Effectiveness

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Angrist, Joshua D., Parag A. Pathak, and Christopher R. Walters. 2013. "Explaining Charter School Effectiveness." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(4): 1-27.

DOI: 10.1257/app.5.4.1

Abstract

Lottery estimates suggest Massachusetts' urban charter schools boost achievement well beyond that of traditional urban public schools students, while nonurban charters reduce achievement from a higher baseline. The fact that urban charters are most effective for poor nonwhites and low-baseline achievers contributes to, but does not fully explain, these differences. We therefore link school-level charter impacts to school inputs and practices. The relative efficacy of urban lottery sample charters is accounted for by these schools' embrace of the No Excuses approach to urban education. In our Massachusetts sample, Non-No-Excuses urban charters are no more effective than nonurban charters

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Angrist, Joshua D. (MIT)
Pathak, Parag A. (MIT)
Walters, Christopher R. (U CA, Berkeley)

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H75: State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
I21: Analysis of Education
I28: Education: Government Policy

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