Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2012 Courtney Sibert
Despite promotion by well-known economists and supporting economic theory, econometric analyses of voucher systems often find that they have been unsuccessful in improving traditional measures of educational success. This paper examines a possible explanation of this phenomenon by comparing the drivers of educational achievement and of school popularity by examining private school choice. The findings of this paper indicate that there is a disconnect between school success and school popularity, which adversely effects both the demand and supply-side benefits of voucher systems. Additionally, this paper reviews matching mechanisms that seek to efficiently match students with schools based on both student and school preferences.
Sibert, Courtney, "School Choice and Voucher Systems: A Comparison of the Drivers of Educational Achievement and of Private School Choice" (2012). Scripps Senior Theses. 106.