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date: 29 November 2022

The Implications of School Assignment Mechanisms for Efficiency and Equitylocked

The Implications of School Assignment Mechanisms for Efficiency and Equitylocked

  • Atila AbdulkadiroğluAtila AbdulkadiroğluEconomics, Duke University

Summary

Parental choice over public schools has become a major policy tool to combat inequality in access to schools. Traditional neighborhood-based assignment is being replaced by school choice programs, broadening families’ access to schools beyond their residential location. Demand and supply in school choice programs are cleared via centralized admissions algorithms. Heterogeneous parental preferences and admissions policies create trade-offs among efficiency and equity. The data from centralized admissions algorithms can be used effectively for credible research design toward better understanding of school effectiveness, which in turn can be used for school portfolio planning and student assignment based on match quality between students and schools.

Subjects

  • Econometrics, Experimental and Quantitative Methods
  • Economic Theory and Mathematical Models
  • Health, Education, and Welfare Economics

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